Pilot dies in Greenville plane crash

Posted Sept. 18, 2011, at 8:01 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 19, 2011, at 10:21 a.m.

GREENVILLE, Maine — A small Cessna airplane crashed near Greenville Municipal Airport on Saturday morning, killing the pilot, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said Sunday night.

“It crashed under unknown circumstance near the Greenville [Municipal] Airport on Saturday,” he said. “The pilot was the only person onboard and the pilot was killed.”

Killed in the Cessna 172M crash was David Finnegan of Woburn, Mass., Greenville police Chief Jeffrey Pomerleau confirmed Sunday night.

“At 8:13 yesterday, we got a call that a plane was seen going down near the Eagle Stream Road,” he said. Greenville police and fire responded and, with the assistance of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and game wardens, found the plane shortly afterward.

“Mr. Finnegan was pronounced dead at the scene,” Pomerleau said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, as they do with all fatal airplane crashes, Peters said.

“Because of the death of the pilot, it becomes a NTSB investigation,” he said.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Eagle Lake Road when it should have said Eagle Stream Road.

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