A private plane crashed into a small apartment building in Akron, Ohio at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. The business jet, a Hawker H25, apparently clipped utility wires, sending the plane into the apartment building, then into an embankment and finally a house before coming to a stop. The apartment building was destroyed by the crash and subsequent blaze; the house was also in flames.
Authorities have been able to confirm that 9 people were on board the 10-seater jet when it took off from Lunken Airport in Cincinnati, Ohio at 11:12 a.m. that same morning. After a stop at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport, the Hawker H25 departed for Akron Fulton International at 2:13 p.m.
The plane was on its approach to Akron Fulton International when it hit the power lines, causing it to crash into the four-family apartment building.
No one was home in the house hit by the plane and no one was injured by the crash in the apartment building or on the ground. All 9 people aboard the jet, including the pilot and co-pilot are confirmed dead. Some 2,400 homes were without electricity for a period of time.
Akron police and firefighters responded to the crash scene after receiving several calls reporting black smoke, heavy flames and a loud explosion. A witness working at a nearby business said she felt a tremor as she heard the explosion and that the streets were filled with smoke.
At this time, authorities are saying there will likely be no new information forthcoming until tomorrow when a news briefing from authorities such as the FAA, NTSB, OSB and others will be held to provide updates. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will lead the investigation into the crash.
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