A small plane crashed into an Ohio apartment building yesterday, killing nine people.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the private charter jet was traveling from Dayton to Akron Fulton International Airport when it scraped a few power lines before hitting a small Akron apartment building at 2:53 pm and then a hill.
All seven passengers and two crew members were reportedly killed.
The apartment building was obliterated, but no one was home at the time. A nearby house sustained unspecified damage due to the flaming debris of the initial impact.
No one on the ground was hurt.
It isn’t clear what caused the crash since the Hawker 800 corporate jet reportedly experienced no trouble the previous day when it flew from Florida to Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and then Ohio.
Augusto Lewkowicz, the owner and operator of the plane, told the Akron Beacon Journal neither pilot spoke of any problems in the moments leading up to the crash, which left 1,500 people without power at one point.
Paige McVeigh, who lives near the block where the crash took place, was on Snapchat when the plane hit the apartment building, according to The New Zealand Herald.
Her video recorded a flash of light, as well as a loud crash.
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The aftermath of the crash was captured up close in this video.
Akron plane crash video from Seth Yergin. At least 2 dead. pic.twitter.com/PPzHBybOjX
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Another witness provided a different angle of the flames.
— Homa Bash (@HomaBash) November 10, 2015
The scene of the crash is now being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration.
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Akron Beacon Journal
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