Former mayor killed as plane crashes into home

METHUEN, MA (KTRK) -- A former mayor died when his homemade plane crashed through the roof of a Massachusetts home Tuesday.

Crews rushed to a condo complex in Methuen and found the tail end of that aircraft sticking out of the top of one unit.

Residents of the nine-condo building said it felt like an earthquake as the plane crashed.

Investigators say pilot Alan Lavender was practicing take-offs and landings at nearby Lawrence Municipal Airport when he crashed.

Lavender previously served as Newburyport city councilman and was also mayor from 2000-2003. null
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