Learjet crash near New York City kills 2 crew members

It was not immediately clear how many people had been injured in the crash, which caused a ground stoppage at Teterboro Tuesday afternoon.

Another said "a dozen" cars were consumed in the fire, which appeared to be largely contained within a parking lot.

Some parked vehicles were damaged; some were on fire.

The FAA says the plane was trying to land at nearby Teterboro Airport. Clouds of thick black smoke spewed into the air.

The last employee left the building about 15 minutes before the crash and locked the gate, Lahullier said. The owners of the residence are Daniel and Julane Wells.

Two crew members are dead, Carlstadt Police said.

Town spokesman Joe Orlando says the plane crashed into a building in an industrial area.

Emergency responders spent more than an hour extingushing the fire, which police said torched cars in the parking lot.

The crash has been referred to the Federal Aviation Agency for further investigation.

In a statement from the FAA, the Learjet 35 crashed on approach to the runway at Teterboro Airport at 3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service said strong winds had been reported in the area.

Prior to making the journey from Philadelphia, the jet flew from Teterboro to Bedford, Massachusetts. It crashed in a residential area about 1/4 mile from the airport. According to CNN, the airport is used for general and business aviation. The two people who were killed were crewmembers, authorities said.

One witness told NBC 4 that the plane "flipped over completely" before it crashed. That crash led to a series of safety board recommendations regarding air traffic controllers.

  • Zachary Reyes