9 dead after plane crashes into building

At least two people on a private jet were killed Tuesday when the aircraft clipped power lines and crashed into a small apartment building in northern Ohio, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred around 3 p.m. as the plane, a Hawker H25 business jet, was approaching Akron Fulton International Airport.

The crash set off a fire that burned for hours, according to a news release from the City of Akron. The fire prevented emergency workers from confirming how many people were on board and if any survived, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. It said the apartment building was unoccupied.

The highway patrol said the victims were co-pilots. The owner of the jet said the aircraft was also carrying seven passengers, according to The Akron Beacon Journal.

The jet had taken off from Dayton, Ohio, The Associated Press said.

Plane crashes into Akron Ohio apartment building
Plane crashes into Akron Ohio apartment building

The F.A.A. said in a statement that it was sending investigators to the scene on Tuesday, and the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified. The N.T.S.B. will be in charge of the investigation.

The F.A.A. deferred questions about the status of the people on board the plane and damage on the ground to the local authorities.

The Akron Police Department and the Akron Fire Department were still at the scene late Tuesday with the highway patrol, which has primary jurisdiction of all aircraft accidents in Ohio.

The crash and fire destroyed the apartment building, and debris from the plane damaged a neighboring building, officials at the highway patrol post in Canton said. A dispatcher said he could not confirm how many people were on the plane or who owned the aircraft. Investigators were expected to remain at the scene overnight, he said.

The authorities said the crash caused power failures that affected hundreds of customers. Workers from First Energy were addressing power failures in the area.

The plane crashed near Mogadore and Skelton Roads.

Scott Ferrell, via Associated Press

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