Learjet crashes into building near airport, two killed


A small plane crashed in Carlstadt Monday afternoon, not far from Teterboro Airport, an official with the town police department said. NBC Boston spoke briefly to a manager there, who said the pilot was not a direct employee, but a subcontractor who came from a pool of pilots they use.

Witness Paul Kisle told New Jersey 101.5 the plane "literally rolled upside down" before going down in an area near several warehouses.

The crash sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air.

Emergency responders reached the scene shortly after the crash and worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze.

The airport issued a ground stop in the immediate aftermath of the crash, according a Tweet by ABC's Dan Linden.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Sheriff's Office was at the scene collecting evidence to assist the FAA.

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Burnt wreckage is seen at the site where a Learjet 35 crashed in Carlstadt, New Jersey, U.S., May 15, 2017.

The airport is 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

The plane was registered in Billings, Montana, to a company called A&C Big Sky Aviation, which has a residential address.

"I can see the engines, part of the fuselage".

"We were sitting in our building, and we felt the whole building shake", he said. He said explosions were going off, cars were burning and pieces of the plane were in a public works facility. The National Transportation Safety Board scheduled to arrive on Tuesday to investigate the crash. Update, 7 p.m.: The airport reopened later Monday evening for departing flights, but stayed closed indefinitely to incoming flights.