A Carlstadt police spokesman said the jet appeared to be listing to its side before it crashed.
Two people were killed when a Learjet crashed near New Jersey's Teterboro Airport on Monday afternoon, police said. NBC Boston spoke briefly to a manager there, who said the pilot was not a direct employee, but a subcontractor who came from a pool of pilots they use.
Firefighters from multiple departments responded to several building and vehicle fires, officials said.
Thick plumes of smoke can be seen billowing near the crash scene.
Emergency responders worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze, which left a smoldering wreckage of cars in a parking lot. The plane was en route to the airport from Philadelphia International Airport.More news: Fentanyl Crisis: Ohio Cop Accidentally Overdoses During Drug Call
Teterboro Airport was closed temporarily and flight operations ceased following the crash. No one was injured or killed on the ground. The FAA issued this statement shortly after the crash: "A Learjet 35 crashed on approach to Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport at 3:30 pm today". Its last reported position was at 600 feet near Carlstadt, about a mile from Teterboro Airport.
The plane, registered to A&C Big Sky Aviation in Montana, was built in 1981, said its owner Chandra Hanson of Billings, Montana.
"You could see parts of the engine", he said. "I heard where [the crash] was and I said, 'That's right where the [public works building] is".
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, the agency said. From there the plane, with only crew aboard, made its final run to Teterboro around 3 p.m.