At least two people were killed in an accident that involved a business jet crashing into an apartment building in Akron, Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. The deceased victims include the pilot and the co-pilot of the plane.
While it hasn’t been determined how many people the 10-seat plane were carrying, all passengers aboard are presumed dead, Amanda Hermann, Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatcher, said. The injuries sustained on ground are not known as well. Akron police reported that the homes the plane crashed into – in the 3000 block of Mogadore Road, near Skelton Road – were empty.
As reported by USA Today, Carrie Willis, who lives a few blocks away, said, “I heard a big bang, and my couch shook twice.”
The cause of the crash has not been made clear. The power lines have been downed at the site of the crash. According to the Washington Post, Linda Hughes, Dayton International Airport spokeswoman, said that the plane took off from Dayton-Wright Brothers airport, Miamisburg, Ohio, at about 2:13 p.m. The Hawker H25 business jet was headed to the Akron Fulton Airport. The crash, at about 3 p.m., occurred when the aircraft was in its descent and clipped a utility wire, subsequently crashing into the building, Lt. Bill Haymaker, Ohio State Highway Patrol, said.
FirstEnergy customers reported power outage because of the crash, spokesman Mark Durbin said, as reported by fox8.com. As many as 1,500 people near the Akron Fulton Airport experienced electricity loss.
The investigation will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).