No passengers were on board, and no people on the ground were injured.
Surveillance video from the area appears to show the airplane rolling to the right in a nose-down attitude just before impact, which Silliman said indicates a loss of control. Thick plumes of black smoke were seen billowing from the scene. Here are photos showing the scene of the crash: "It hit three buildings". Emergency responders worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze, which included 13 vehicle fires.
The plane crashed about a half-mile from the airport in Teterboro, the FAA said. 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 Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that the aircraft was a Learjet 35 and was intending to land at the Teterboro Airport around 3:30 p.m.
Federal investigators will be at the site of a deadly jet crash near a small airport outside New York City Tuesday, working to determine what caused the aircraft to go down.
The plane was being moved from Philadelphia to Teterboro, according to a person who answered the phone at Trans-Pacific who wouldn't give his name. The planes, a Falcon 50 executive jet and a single-engine Piper Cherokee, plummeted to the ground in Fairview and Cliffside Park, New Jersey, killing six people, one of them on the ground. The owners of the residence are Daniel and Julane Wells.
The airport sits in a densely populated area just north of MetLife Stadium, home to the NFL's Jets and Giants, and has been a battleground over the years over the types and number of planes that should be allowed to land there. According to CNN, the airport is used for general and business aviation.
"As of this point, we have no idea if anybody is deceased", Berta said. From there the plane, with only crew aboard, made its final run to Teterboro around 3 p.m.
"Tower, that Learjet just crashed", the pilot of another plane told air traffic controllers moments later.
Associated Press writers Bruce Shipkowski and Josh Cornfield in Trenton contributed to this report.
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