Ohio plane crash: Akron Plane Crash
Published: November 11, 2015
Ohio plane crash: Akron Plane Crash, Paige McVeigh was filming when a private jet crashed near her home.
An American teenager on Snapchat inadvertently recorded the moment a private jet crashed into the house next door, killing nine people.
Paige McVeigh tweeted video that showed the moment the plane crashed into the apartment building.
The owner of the private jet that crashed in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday (NZT) said nine people, including two pilots, were on board.
The plane reportedly clipped an apartment building before going down.
None were believed to be alive.
Authorities said more bodies may be inside the small jet that crashed into a home and then an apartment building.
Augusto Lewkowicz, the owner and operator of the plane, said he would not release the names of the seven passengers or two crew members only hours after the fatal crash in Akron.
Paige McVeigh watched in horror as the plane came down in her street.
“I owe responses to the family members first,” Lewkowicz said.
The mid-size corporate jet was on the second leg of a charter that began on Tuesday (NZT), Lewkowicz said, noting that there was no indication prior to the crash that anything was wrong.
“It was a perfectly well-maintained aircraft with no squawks,” Lewkowicz said, adding that there was no chatter from the pilots to indicate anything was out of the ordinary.
@fox8news I live in that apartment complex and I was snap chatting while the crash happened coincidently! pic.twitter.com/QtMJcQsH86
— ¥PAIGE¥ (@paigeey_kinns15) November 10, 2015
The flight was chartered by Execuflight, a Florida company.
Staff Lt. Bill Haymaker of the Ohio State Highway Patrol described the plane’s final path. The aircraft clipped electrical and telephone wires before hitting a small apartment building and careening into an embankment. A second building in the area also was damaged.
No injuries or deaths occurred on the ground, Haymaker said. But the fire, still burning hotly at 4:30 pm (local time), made further investigation difficult.
Plane crashes in Akron, police say https://t.co/ZnirdtAmbB pic.twitter.com/rVmJSmQiCv
— fox8news (@fox8news) November 10, 2015
there was a HUGE explosion or something right by my house. I heard something about an airplane? idk tho. the fire is huge
— hannah mccune (@xohannahmccune) November 10, 2015
Akron plane crash video from Seth Yergin. At least 2 dead. pic.twitter.com/PPzHBybOjX
— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) November 10, 2015
PHOTO from viewer Brittany Prunty of small plane crashed into apartment building in Akron. #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/DIlSeyF23j
— Homa Bash (@HomaBash) November 10, 2015
The occupants of the building that was destroyed weren’t home at the time of the crash.
Tony Molinaro, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration, identified the plane as a Hawker H25 business jet that crashed while on approach to Akron Fulton Airport.
FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. Molinaro said the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.
Neither the FAA nor the NTSB would confirm injuries or fatalities and did not release the names of pilots or passengers, deferring to local authorities.
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