AKRON, Ohio — Authorities say the crash of a 10-seater small business jet into an apartment building in northeast Ohio has killed those aboard. Scripps station WEWS in Cleveland report that both the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash. Nine other passengers were confirmed to be on the plane.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker says the jet clipped a utility wire on the way down Tuesday afternoon and crashed into the building, which was destroyed by a subsequent fire. The plane then hit an embankment beyond the building, causing a nearby house to also burn.
The plane burst into flames and disintegrated after impact.
Haymaker says no one was at home in the building that was destroyed and there are no known injuries on the ground.
The plane took off from Wright Airport in Dayton, according to WEWS.
An employee at a nearby bar told WEWS that the streets are filled with smoke. She said she heard a loud explosion and felt a tremor when the plane crashed.
Another witness said the crash sounded like ammunition. He thought the train nearby had gone off the tracks.
WEWS is also reporting than 2,000 Akron residents are without power due to the clipped utility wire.