Two people died after a small plane that departed from Philadelphia International Airport crashed while attempting to land at Teterboro Airport on Monday afternoon, according to the FAA.
The Learjet 35 twin-jet crashed while approaching Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport at 3:30 p.m. The aircraft went down near Kero Road, about 1/4 mile from the airport in a residential area in Carlstadt, New Jersey.
Officials say two crew members on the plane died from their injuries. They have not yet released their identities. There were no passengers on board.
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The plane crashed near a Department of Public works building, according to Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the town of Carlstadt. He also said no one in that building was harmed inside however.
“Parts of the plane are laying in the garage, I can see the engines, part of the fuselage. There’s just melted cars all over the place in our yard,” he said.
Orlando also said explosions were going off, cars were burning and pieces of the plane were scattered in a township facility.
“Right now they’re trying to put the fires out on the building just next to us... we just keep having little explosions, it’s a crazy situation here,” Orlando said.
One witness said she was working at United Door when the plane came down right outside her office window.
"We were there working like every day and all of the suddenly we see the airplane coming down," she said. "It landed in the parking lot and then we heard the explosion."
Surveillance video shows the red plane right before impact. It appears to be nose-down and on its side as it hits.
A Carlstadt Police Dept. spokesman said the plane appeared to be listing to its side before the crash. Witnesses said the plane was flying upside down before it crashed into the parking lot.
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.
The impact of the crash set three buildings, more than a dozen cars and a number of power lines ablaze, Carlstadt Police Chief Tom Berta said. Thick, black smoke was seen rising high above the crash site, and was visible as far away as New York City. Emergency responders reached the scene a short time later and were working to extinguish the blaze.
Firefighters from multiple departments responded to building fires at United Group, Manhattan Door Company and the Carlstadt Dept. of Public Works, Berta said. There were 13 vehicle fires.
The cause of the crash is under investigation. Meteorologists forecasted strong winds, including gusts up to 45 mph, for northern New Jersey at the time of the crash.
The plane's tail number is N452DA. It is registered to A&C Big Sky Aviation in Billings, Montana.
The last crash at or near Teterboro Airport was in 2005, and the last deadly crash was in Nov. 1985, according to the Aviation Safety Network, a well regarded database of international flight incidents. Multiple people died in the 1985 crash.