New Rule – If You Live Next To An Airport In Methuen, You Don’t Get To Complain About Low Flying Planes

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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15 Comment(s)
  • Diane Woods emerson
    March 3, 2017 at 11:18 am

    But wait, no one told me the planes would be flying over my house! Are you fucking kidding me? These people don’t give a shit that the airport was there first, they don’t care about anything other than themselves and the ignorant way they think. Just like the rocket scientists that move next to a farm and then proceed to bitch, claim health affects and noise because a chicken shits on said farm and is an alarm clock. I would kindly build a shit wall as a property line if that ever happened near me. Anyone that gives any of these people the time of day on a phone call is just as much of an asshole for letting them complain. Find something important to do or MOVE! If you didn’t research Your surroundings before you bought then tough shit. I am so sick of stupid pussy ass people who really don’t have anything better to do, call me I will give you some real problems you can try to solve that would help anyone but your selfish , ignorant self.
    *****Btw TBS can we please see some more desk girl, cuz that is the kind of shit all of these moron whiners should get anytime they whine over stupidity.

    • Bob
      March 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      What ?

  • Publius
    March 3, 2017 at 10:18 am

    same goes for Logan and Worcester airport, Boston College football, Oceana Virginia fighter jets.

  • DJ BobnMic
    March 3, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Who doesn’t like airplanes???

  • Independent Thinker
    March 3, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Due to the airport, the condos probably sold for less than they would have if there wasn’t an airport nearby. That is the tradeoff. Kind of like buying a house next to a pig farm because it is cheap. Then you complain about the pig farm.

    Now, if the pig farm were put in after the houses were built, that would be a different matter. That’s why you have zoning ordinances.

    • Bob
      March 3, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Huh ?

  • ZephyrCat
    March 3, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Got that in New Haven too. Had a plane crash here too. But still. For real, you didn’t notice the airport when you bought your house?!? Perhaps you do need spectacles.

  • Mr. Leahy
    March 3, 2017 at 7:34 am

    It’s like the people that move into houses near pig farms or gun ranges, after a while they think that they are more important than the things that were there all along.

    • Ricky
      March 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Fuck you Leahy you drunk fuck and fuck that cheeseburger gut Randy too

  • Troubled Nostrils
    March 3, 2017 at 4:12 am

    There are thousands of homebuilt “kit planes” flying safely around the U.S. every day. Google Vans Aircraft or Sonex (which is what this guy was flying) for two popular examples of kit planes. An FAA official must inspect the finished plane before test flights can be conducted. Once 40 hours of testing is completed, which usually means flying laps around your local airport, then the plane deemed airworthy and can be used for travel and carrying passengers.

    I can’t vouch for the cause of this crash, but it’s a damn shame all around. Lady Turtle nailed this – don’t live near an airport if you don’t like airplanes or aviation noise. Lots of small general aviation airports have closed over the years and many more are in peril due to municipalities’ greed for more tax revenue or trying to appease those few assholes who complain about the noise or, even more laughably, air pollution from airplane exhaust. Hopefully this incident won’t result in a drive to close this airport or at least shut down that runway, but it won’t surprise me if the snowflakes start howling.

  • John Barker
    March 3, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Rocky Mountain High…Colorado..How the hell do You test an airplane that is homemade??

  • Edward Lyle
    March 3, 2017 at 12:10 am

    I could be wrong, but if the Mayor or town don’t want planes landing or taking off over the condos, wouldn’t that cut their operating ability by 50%?

    • Phong
      March 3, 2017 at 12:29 am

      2 runways used both ways is 4 options to land.
      If they can’t fly over the condos, they lose 1 option, or 25%

    • JoeMomma
      March 3, 2017 at 9:53 am

      The FAA controls airspace not the mayor. The airport was built in 1924….

  • Amelia Earhart
    March 2, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    People complain that planes are low all the time! Move next to a golf course and complain that people hit your house with golf balls. Do research before hand or move the fuck out.

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