Biddeford couple to rebuild after plane hits home

Posted April 10, 2011, at 7:34 p.m.
Last modified April 11, 2011, at 4:12 p.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A couple whose home was destroyed in a plane crash plans to rebuild on the same site, less than a mile from an airport.

Kim Myers said she and her husband, Steve, like the location and always enjoyed watching the planes buzzing to and from Biddeford Municipal Airport.

“We’d sit on the deck on a Saturday or Sunday morning and watch them fly over,” she told The Associated Press on Monday.

On Sunday night, a twin-engine Cessna clipped a tree, crashed through their roof and came right into the living room where they would have been watching TV if they hadn’t been invited out to dinner, she said. The ensuing fire gutted the house.

The pilot, whose body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for identification, was the only casualty.

The pilot reported no problems to air traffic controllers before the crash, said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. The weather was clear at the time, but it began raining later.

The Cessna 402B was flying from Tampa, Fla., and the pilot planned to pick up a passenger in Biddeford, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Federal Aviation Administration records indicate the plane is registered to a corporation in Nantucket, Mass. FAA records indicate its registration expired on March 31, but it’s possible there was a paperwork problem, spokesman Jim Peters said. The investigation will determine whether it was properly registered, he said.

The Cessna 402B can be configured for up to nine seats. On Monday, Steve and Kim Myers were waiting for it to be removed so they could go inside the house.

Firefighters told Kim Myers that some their things survived, including a couple of strong boxes and her husband’s beer stein collection. Virtually everything else was wiped out by the fire, which was so intense that much of the aircraft disintegrated.

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