Officials investigating crash in Limington that killed student pilot

Posted Aug. 31, 2013, at 2:51 p.m.

LIMINGTON, Maine — The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board continued Saturday to investigate a plane crash that left the pilot dead Friday afternoon.

Anthony Longley, 58, of Naples was killed when the 1957 Cessna he was piloting crashed about 1:40 p.m. shortly after taking off from the Limington Harmon Airport, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Longley, who was alone in the four-seat airplane, was pronounced dead at the scene, Chief Deputy William King said in a press release.

Witnesses said the aircraft took off, began to gain altitude, sputtered and crashed in an area beside the paved runway, King said.

Longley had a student pilot license that allowed him fly solo but prohibited him from piloting with passengers.

King did not say who owned the fixed-wing aircraft.

In addition to York County Sheriff’s deputies, Limington Fire and Rescue, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the FAA responded to the crash.

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