A business jet flying from Philadelphia has crashed near Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, New Jersey, killing 2 people and setting multiple buildings on fire, officials and witnesses say. There were no passengers on board the plane.
The accident happened at around 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday when the aircraft crashed into or very close to a warehouse in the 700 block of Commercial Avenue in Carlstadt. Thick plumes of black smoke were seen billowing from the scene.
Two pilots were on board the Learjet 35 aircraft, which is a twin-engine business jet that is capable of carrying up to 8 people. The aircraft was not transporting any passengers for the flight from Philadelphia International Airport to Teterboro Airport.
“The aircraft went down about a quarter mile from the airport in a residential area,” said Arlene Salac, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “The flight departed from Philadelphia International Airport and was headed to Teterboro. The FAA is en-route to the scene.”
The Carlstadt Police Department confirmed that both crew members were killed in the crash, but there were no immediate reports of casualties on the ground. Multiple buildings and vehicles were set on fire by the crash but it appears everyone inside was able to escape.
As a result of the crash, Teterboro Airport has been closed. “Teterboro Airport has been closed and flight operations ceased following the crash of a LearJet on final approach to the airport,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement.
There was no immediate word on the possible cause of Monday’s crash, but both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the circumstances of the accident.
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