New Rule – If You Live Next To An Airport In Methuen, You Don’t Get To Complain About Low Flying Planes
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There was a small plane that crashed in Methuen the other day – maybe you heard about it. The aircraft was a home built, one-person plane and it crashed into a condominium complex. The pilot died, and luckily no one on the ground was injured.
According to this story and this one, the incident added to their concerns about low flying planes coming and going from the Lawrence Municipal Airport, and the mayor of Methuen thinks it’s about time he has a talk with airport officials.
I understand that no one wants to have planes buzzing your house a dozen times a day – that would really piss me off and I’d complain too. But, if I chose to live in the flight path of an airport – an airport that was in existence decades before these condo’s – then I probably wouldn’t bitch about it – but I guess I’m not like these knuckleheads from Methuen.
For context, here’s a map of the area. The red X on the right is the location of the crash and those surrounding buildings are rest of the complex. The runway that the pilot was attempting to land on is right across the river – about ¼ mile from the crash scene.
I’m no pilot, but I’m pretty sure flying low is kind of required in order to land, particularly when the runway is RIGHT THERE!
I have no sympathy for these people – you chose to live there – you had to know how planes work. They aren’t shot straight into the air for take-off and then land vertically.
And the mayor is going to talk with the airport officials – to say what exactly? Move your runway? Don’t use that runway any longer?
Here’s what the airport looks like:
Not very big and not a lot of options. Asking them to not use a runway cuts their operating ability by 25%.
Hey, maybe they shouldn’t have built those condo’s right there. But, like many towns, when a developer comes in and starts talking about squeezing a bunch of units onto a piece of land, everybody sees dollar signs – more tax revenue. Forget about the impact on traffic or schools or that planes will be buzzing rooftops – just make sure there’s some 40B units available and everyone will be happy.
So people of Pride’s Crossing – I’m sorry, it’s terrible that someone died and that many of you are displaced while your homes are rebuilt. But, your town allowed the complex to be built and you chose to live there. It’s not the airport’s fault that any of that happened and they shouldn’t be impacted or held responsible for your poor choices.
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