The Latest: Owner says 9 aboard plane that crashed in Ohio

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Posted: Nov 10, 2015 11:39 PM
The Latest: Owner says 9 aboard plane that crashed in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The latest on the deadly crash of a small plane into an Ohio apartment building (all times local):

11:35 p.m.

The owner of a small business jet that crashed into a northeast Ohio apartment building says there were nine people aboard. Authorities have confirmed two deaths but say they're not expecting any survivors.

The Akron fire department says investigators are trying to independently determine how many people were on the 10-seat plane when it went down Tuesday.

Plane owner Augusto Lewkowicz says two pilots and seven passengers were on the flight from Dayton to Akron Fulton International Airport, 2 miles from where the crash happened.

Authorities say a mass-fatality team will begin working Wednesday morning to sift through the wreckage and recover bodies. Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are due at the scene.

Witnesses say they heard explosions when the plane hit. Carrie Willis lives several blocks away and says she heard a big bang and her couch shook.

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6:40 p.m.

Authorities say a mass-fatality team will begin working Wednesday morning to sift through the wreckage of a small business jet that crashed into a northeast Ohio apartment building, killing at least two people. The team will remove the bodies.

Summit County Medical Examiner Dr. Lisa Kohler says authorities haven't confirmed how many people were on the 10-seat Hawker H25 jet when it crashed in Akron and exploded Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say there may be more than two people dead.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker says the plane took off from Dayton and planned to land at Akron Fulton International Airport.

Inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are due at the scene.

Witnesses say they heard explosions when the plane hit. Carrie Willis lives several blocks away and says she heard a big bang and her couch shook.

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6:15 p.m.

A northeast Ohio woman says a small business jet "just dropped out of the sky" before crashing into an apartment building nearby.

Two people aboard the plane have been confirmed dead. Authorities say there may be more.

Roberta Porter lives about a block away from the Akron crash site. She was driving home Tuesday afternoon when she saw the plane crash into the building and burst into flames.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the 10-seater Hawker H25 jet clipped a utility wire on the way down. The building it flew into was destroyed by the subsequent fire. Nobody was home at the time.

Porter says it's scary to think that if she'd been driving faster the plane may have clipped her car.

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5:25 p.m.

Authorities say at least two people have died in the crash of a small business jet into an apartment building in northeast Ohio.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker says the 10-seater Hawker H25 jet clipped a utility wire on the way down Tuesday afternoon and crashed into a small apartment building, which was destroyed by a subsequent fire. The plane then hit an embankment beyond the building, causing a nearby house to also burn.

A spokeswoman for the Akron fire department says authorities have confirmed two fatalities but they are still trying to determine how many people were on board.

The plane burst into flames and disintegrated.

Haymaker says no one was at home in the apartment building that was destroyed and there are no known injuries on the ground.

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4:55 p.m.

Authorities say the crash of a 10-seater small business jet into an apartment building in northeast Ohio has killed those aboard but they don't know how many people that was.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker says the jet clipped a utility wire on the way down Tuesday afternoon and crashed into the building, which was destroyed by a subsequent fire. The plane then hit an embankment beyond the building, causing a nearby house to also burn.

The plane burst into flames and disintegrated after impact.

Haymaker says no one was at home in the building that was destroyed and there are no known injuries on the ground.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions when the plane hit.

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3:55 p.m.

A small plane has crashed into a northeast Ohio apartment building. It's unclear if there were any injuries.

The crash happened Tuesday afternoon in east Akron. WOIO-TV reports witnesses say the plane may have clipped a wire before crashing into the building and catching fire.

Emergency crews are on the scene. No other information is available.