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Pilot in Biddeford crash identified as North Yarmouth man

Gregory Rec | Portland Press Herald/AP
Gregory Rec | Portland Press Herald/AP
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.


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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