Two individuals have been confirmed dead after a business jet struck two separate residential buildings while on route to the Akron Fulton Airport in Akron, Ohio Tuesday afternoon. None of the names of those involved have been provided.
The Ohio State Patrol team has confirmed that the pilot and the co-pilot of the plane are among the two known casualties of the accident. The Akron Beacon Journal also reported that the plane’s owner had stated that there were seven passengers on board, but this has yet to be officially confirmed.
Ohio State Highway patrol spokesman Lieutenant Bill Haymaker says that police are currently investigating if the crash yields any other fatalities.
Haymaker reported that the 10-passenger plane first struck a residential building around 3:00 p.m. (GMT), engulfing the building in flames, before hitting an embankment and a second residential building. A utility wire was also hit.
In an article posted by Fox 8 News, workers at a nearby construction company reported that they heard a low-flying plane followed by a jarring noise similar to a car hitting a telephone pole. The workers rushed outside where they were soon witness to the smoke and flames emitted from the wreckage.
Thankfully, no one was home at either building at the time of the crash, though the Akron-based utility company FirstEnergy Corp has said that the crash caused a widespread power outage surrounding the airport with 1,500 customers affected. Mark Dublin, a FirstEnergy Corp spokesman, said that this was caused by some clipped lines.
The model of the plane involved in the accident was a Hawker H25 business jet and according to FAA Spokesman, Tony Molinaro, the National Transportation Safety Board will be heading the investigation.