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Three killed in plane crash in Greenville, Maine

Shortly after declaring an emergency because of engine problems, a private plane crashed at the Greenville Municipal Airport Monday morning, killing three people, according to Maine State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Canadian-registered plane departed from the Pembroke Municipal Airport and was enroute to Prince Edward Island when the pilot diverted to Greenville, but crashed as it approached the runway, officials said Monday.

The crash took place around 10:55 a.m.

The plane was a twin engine Piper Aerostar registered to a Canadian pilot, according to the FAA.

The plane departed from the Pembroke Airport in Pembroke, Ontario and had was scheduled to finish the journey at the Charlottetown airport in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

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The Greenville airport is located on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake, and the town is about 150 miles north of Portland. The area is known for its tourism around the lake, one of the largest in Maine.

The crash will also be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Administration.

No further information is currently available.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.


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