A Learjet 35 crashed in a parking lot while on approach to Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport, in New Jersey, about 3:30 Monday afternoon, killing the two pilots.
The FAA said it was sending a team to the site, and the National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash. The two, who reportedly were professional crew members, were the only people on board.
At the time of the crash, weather reports in the area indicated winds of 17 mph, with gusts up to 36 mph, a temperature of 66 degrees and 10 miles of visibility.
The registered owner of the plane is A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC in Billings, Montana.
Another man said he was in the vehicle with his girlfriend when the out-of-control aircraft passed overhead. It was just about to land at Teterboro before the crash.
Thick, black smoke was seen rising high above the crash site, and was visible as far away as New York City. Planes skirt one side of the development, but helicopters pass right over, he said. "How it got there is the subject of the investigation". The owners of the residence are Daniel and Julane Wells.
Authorities say everyone on the ground in the areas where a jet crashed near a small airport outside New York City are accounted for and uninjured.
Mondays crash hit so close, Falbo said.
"We were sitting in our building, and we felt the whole building shake", he said.
Emergency responders spent more than an hour extingushing the fire, which police said torched cars in the parking lot. Data shows it had left Teterboro early that morning, flown to Hanscom Field outside Boston, then to Philadelphia, where it remained for four hours before the fatal leg back to Teterboro.
Associated Press writer Caleb Jones, in Honolulu, Hawaii, contributed to this story.
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