LIMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Naples man has died after a small plane crashed just beside the runway at Limington Harmon Airport Friday afternoon.
York County Chief Deputy William King said a Cessna fixed wing aircraft crashed in an area beside the paved runway at 1:40 p.m.
The plane's pilot, 58-year-old Anthony Longley, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said Longley had a student pilot license that allowed him to fly alone but prohibited him from having passengers.
Witnesses said the plane took off from the airport, started to gain altitude, and then sputtered and crashed. The damage was confined to the nose of the plane.
The York County Sheriff's Department, Limington Fire and Rescue, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and the Federal Aviation Administration all responded to the crash Friday.
The FAA will continue its investigation into the crash Saturday along with the National Transportation Safety Board.