Jet from PHL crashes near Teterboro Airport in New Jersey

Angie Massey
May 16, 2017

Two crewmembers are dead after a small plane crashed Monday afternoon in an industrial area in the northern New Jersey town of Carlstadt, police say.

"Encompassing three buildings like that with no injuries on the ground is somewhat of a miracle", said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco.

Emergency responders reached the scene a short time later and were working to extinguish the blaze. "Vehicle tires were blown off".

"There's nothing really left of the plane at all - you just see the two engines that are burnt up and stuff", one man said. Firefighters respond after a jet crashed into a building near Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, N.J., Monday, May 15, 2017.

The FAA also said that the LearJet crashed around 3:30 PM at about 0.8 kilometers away from runway 1 of Teterboro Airport shortly.

The plane was registered in Billings, Montana, to a company called A&C Big Sky Aviation, which has a residential address.

Among the many factors investigators from the FAA and NTSB will probe Tuesday is the plane's maintenance records, which is routine in all plane crashes.

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Video from the crash showed smoke billowing in the air. It appears to be nose-down and on its side as it hits. Officials said the small, Learjet 35 plane crashed while trying to land at Teterboro.

Teterboro Airport was closed temporarily and flight operations ceased following the crash.

"The plane was seen listing to its left side, so obviously there was some sort of malfunction", Cleary said.

Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, posted an Instagram photo of the smoke rising in the distance. He was aboard another plane at the airport at the time.

The National Weather Service warned of strong winds with gusts up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) just before the plane went down.

A police officer at Carlstadt Police Department said no one on the ground was reported to have been injured.

Witness Paul Kisle told New Jersey 101.5 the plane "literally rolled upside down" before going down in an area near several warehouses.

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