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No positive ID on pilot killed in Biddeford crash

Gregory Rec | AP
Gregory Rec | AP
Firemen work at the scene where a small plane crashed into a house near the Biddeford Municipal Airport on Sunday evening, April 10, 2011. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the plane died in the crash.
The Associated Press

BIDDEFORD, Maine — The Maine medical examiner’s office says it will be a few more days before the pilot of a plane that crashed in Biddeford is positively identified.

The pilot’s body was burned after his twin-engine Cessna clipped a tree and crashed into a house, setting off a fire that destroyed the house and the airplane Sunday night. David King, an investigator with the medical examiner’s office, said Monday DNA tests will be used to positively identify the victim.

Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety says officials believe they know the pilot’s name but are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner’s office.

Investigators say the pilot was flying from White Plains, N.Y., just north of New York City, to Biddeford to take on a passenger when the plane crashed.


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