9 Feared Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

Small jet hits apartment building
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Updated Nov 10, 2015 7:56 PM CST

(Newser) – Authorities say at least two people have died in the crash of a small business jet into an apartment building in Akron, Ohio. But the death toll is feared to be higher: The owner of the plane says nine people were aboard, and authorities have found no survivors, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. The 10-seat Hawker H25 jet, which took off from Dayton, had planned to land at Akron Fulton International Airport, about 2 miles from where it crashed. It clipped a utility wire on the way down and burst into flames and disintegrated after impact, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker said. The plane also hit an embankment beyond the apartment building, causing a nearby house to also burn, he said. There were no known injuries on the ground, he said.

"I heard a big bang, and my couch shook twice," said Carrie Willis, who lives several blocks away. The front of the two-story apartment building was destroyed. A woman who lives about a block away and was driving home with her grandson at the time said she saw the plane crash into the building and burst into flames. "This plane just dropped out of the sky, veered and crashed into the apartment building," Roberta Porter said. (Read more plane crash stories.)

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