Tennessee family killed in Massachusetts plane crash

PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WHTM) – Three people who died after their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home after taking off from Lancaster Airport have been identified as a Tennessee family.

Tennessee television station WTVC reports Dr. Rick Kalister, his wife Betty and their college-aged daughter were killed when their plane struck the roof of a home in Plainville and burst into flames at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

Photos: Massachusetts Plane Crash
Photos: Massachusetts Plane Crash

Four people in the home, including two children, escaped unharmed.

According to an FAA registry, the plane had taken off from Lancaster Airport and was headed to Norwood Memorial Airport in Massachusetts. The website FlightAware says the flight originated from Cleveland before stopping in Pennsylvania.

Kalister told air traffic controllers he had no engine power in the minutes before impact. He was unable to make it to North Central State Airport in Rhode Island, about seven miles away, or to Interstate 495, where controllers had suggested a highway landing.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration arrived on scene Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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