NTSB: Plane Had Fuel Tank Issues Before Fatal Crash Into Condo in Methuen - NECN
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NTSB: Plane Had Fuel Tank Issues Before Fatal Crash Into Condo in Methuen

Seventy-three-year-old Alan Lavender's plane crashed on approach to Lawrence Municipal Airport

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    Former Massachusetts Mayor Dies in Plane Crash

    A former Massachusetts mayor was killed on Tuesday after crashing though the roof of a condominium building in Methuen with his homemade plane.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017)

    The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane crashed into an apartment building in Massachusetts, killing a former mayor, had fuel tank issues months before the fatal crash.

    The Eagle-Tribune reports that investigators did not say exactly what caused the February 2017 crash in Methuen.

    But in a recent report said whatever did happen, happened shortly after takeoff.

    Alan Lavender died when the plane crashed into the building on approach to Lawrence Municipal Airport.

    Final Moments Before Deadly Plane Crash

    [NECN] Final Moments Before Deadly Plane Crash

    A pilot was killed on Tuesday after crashing his small plane into a multi-condo building in Methuen, Massachusetts. What happened in the final moments before the crash is still under investigation. NBC Boston Investigator Karen Hensel looked at flight patterns, previous issues and the final moments with the pilot before the crash.

    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017)

    The 73-year-old Lavender was a former city councilor and mayor of Newburyport. No residents were injured.

    NTSB investigators say Lavender wrote in an email three days before his death that he had the plane's fuel tank fixed.

    Lavender said in the email he planned to do "touch-and-goes" to ensure everything was working correctly.

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