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.
Video from the crash showed smoke billowing in the air. Two of the three buildings involved sustained fire damage, as well.
Emergency responders reached the scene a short time later and worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze. Police said 13 vehicles also were damaged. Aviation authorities claim the last crash at or near Teterboro Airport was in 2005, while the last deadly crash was in November 1985. Carlstadt police said two crew members on board were killed in the crash.
The Learjet Model 35 crashed on approach to Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport at about 3:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The crash is the 53rd fatal Learjet 35 accident since 1977, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
Federal investigators say the cockpit voice recorder has been recovered from a jet that crashed near a small airport outside New York City, killing two crew members.
The plane's registered owner is A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC in Billings, Montana. The owners of the residence are Daniel and Julane Wells. When he returned, he saw the plane's engines on the ground.
Another witness said people rushed to the wreckage to see if they could help, but "unfortunately it was all engulfed in flames and we could do nothing but stand by and watch - really horrific".
Authorities say everyone on the ground in the areas where a jet crashed near a small airport outside New York City are accounted for and uninjured. It then flew to Philadelphia later Monday morning before leaving for Teterboro around 3 p.m. It is commonly used to land private jets belonging to celebrities and local businesses. Frost said that the captain had more than 15 years of experience and had previously flown the same plane for another company.
"Tower, that Learjet just crashed", the pilot of another plane told air traffic controllers moments later.
Associated Press writer Caleb Jones, in Honolulu, Hawaii, contributed to this story. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.
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