Tenn. family killed after plane hits Masschusetts home

Massachusettes plane crash

PLAINVILLE, Mass. (WATE) – A Tennessee family was killed after a small plane crashed into a home in Plainville, Massachusetts.

Plainview police said the Beechcraft BE36 aircraft hit the house at 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Farragut, Tennessee, residents Dr. Rick Kalister, his wife Betty and their college-aged daughter were killed in the crash.

The home’s residents, a couple and their two kids, were able to escape as fire engulfed the home.

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Dr. Kalister worked at Starr Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tennessee. His wife Betty was listed as a yoga instructor in Farragut and their daughter was a recent graduate of Farragut High School.

The hospital issued this statement:

The members of the Starr Regional Medical Center family are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of Dr. Rick Kalister and his wife and daughter. He was an excellent doctor, an outstanding ED medical director and a respected, beloved member of our hospital team for the past 14 years. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Kalister family during this very difficult time.

According to FAA registry, the plane had taken off from Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania and was headed to Norwood Memorial Airport in Massachusetts.

The website FlightAware says the flight originated from Cleveland before stopping in Pennsylvania.

The plane wound up behind the two-story colonial, where a section of the tail and a charred wing rested on a hillside in the yard.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that he was “unable to maintain altitude” and needed help. He was not able to make it to North Central State Airport in Rhode Island, about 7 miles away, or to Interstate 495, where controllers had suggested a highway landing.

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