Learjet crash near New York City kills 2 crew members


It is the oldest operating airport in the New York City area, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and operates Teterboro. A federal investigation later determined errors by an airport air traffic controller distracted by a personal phone call set the stage for the crash. An airport weather station reported winds of 17 miles (27 kilometers) per hour, gusting to 37 miles per hour, shortly after the crash.

Video from the crash showed smoke billowing in the air.

No one on the ground was hurt.

A Carlstadt police spokesman says that the plane appeared to be listing to its side before it went down. Smoke could be seen rising from the scene and more than one structure caught fire, according to the NBCNewYork.com website.

Several hours after the crash, Teterboro Airport reopened to departing flights but is closed to arriving flights until further notice, according to the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, which operates the airport. It is also said that the crash killed the pilots, but the fire incinerate their bodies which were later unrecognizable, and still, their identifications are still unknown to the authorities, though they are checking through the database. The neighborhood is a densely populated residential and industrial area. The accident caused a fire that destroyed a warehouse. Here are photos showing the scene of the crash: "It hit three buildings".

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Airport officials said Teterboro Airport has been closed and flight operations ceased until further notice.

He also informed the media that the two pilots has been killed in the crash.

The Learjet 35 crashed around 3:30 p.m. about a quarter-mile from the airport in Bergen County as it approached a runway, the FAA said. The National Transportation Safety Board will inspect the crash site Tuesday. When he returned, he saw the plane's engines on the ground.

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