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Learjet crash near New York City kills 2 crew members

Carlstadt : A jet crashed into a building near a small airport, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air, authorities have said.

Police said no passengers were aboard the Learjet 35 when it went down around 3.30 pm on Monday about a quarter-mile (roughly 400 metres) from the runway at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, just west of New York City. No one on the ground was reported to have been injured.

A police officer walks near the site of a deadly small plane crash near Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, NJ, just west of New York City, Monday, May 15, 2017. Police said a Learjet 35 crashed into a building near the airport sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air. AP

A police officer walks near the site of a deadly small plane crash near Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, NJ, just west of New York City, Monday, 15 May, 2017. Police said a Learjet 35 crashed into a building near the airport sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air. AP

Emergency responders reached the scene a short time later and worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. The plane crashed into a building in an industrial area, said Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the town of Carlstadt.

He said it crashed next to a township facility, but no one inside that building was harmed. He said pieces of melted engine could be seen in the charred wreckage, along with wheels and part of the fuselage.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the jet left Philadelphia and went down in Carlstadt. A Carlstadt police spokesman said the jet appeared to be listing to its side before it crashed.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The National Weather Service warned of strong winds of 15 to 25 metres per hour with gusts up to 45 metres per hour just before the plane went down.

Steve Case, an entrepreneur and co-founder of AOL, wrote in an Instagram post that the plane appeared to have missed a turn and crashed a few hundred yards from the airport. He was aboard another plane at the airport at the time.


Updated Date: May 16, 2017 06:54 AM

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