Pilot in Biddeford crash identified as North Yarmouth man

Firemen work at the scene where a small plane crashed into a house near the Biddeford, Maine, Municipal Airport Sunday evening, April 10, 2011. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the plane died in the crash.
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Firemen work at the scene where a small plane crashed into a house near the Biddeford, Maine, Municipal Airport Sunday evening, April 10, 2011. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the plane died in the crash.
Posted April 13, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.
Last modified April 13, 2011, at 5:03 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office has identified the pilot who was killed when his small plane crashed into a house in Biddeford and burst into flames.

Officials say 71-year-old Edward L’Hommedieu died Sunday when his twin-engine Cessna clipped a tree and landed on a house, setting off a fire that destroyed the home and the plane. He was flying from White Plains, N.Y., to Portland and was stopping in Biddeford to see a friend along the way.

L’Hommedieu is from North Yarmouth.

His son Chris L’Hommedieu said his father had a pilot’s license before he had a driver’s license and flew B-52s and FB-111s during the Vietnam War.

The medical examiner’s office says the cause and manner of death haven’t been determined.

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