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(CARLSTADT, N.J.) — Two crewmembers are dead after a small plane crashed this afternoon in an industrial area in the northern New Jersey town of Carlstadt, police say.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a Learjet 35 that was en route from Philadelphia International Airport to New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport crashed at 3:30 p.m. while on approach to Runway 1 at Teterboro.

The two crewmembers were the only people on board and it appears that no one on the ground was hit, police say.

The plane, which is certified for 10 seats, left Philadelphia at 3:04 p.m. local time.

The plane went down in a residential area about a quarter of a mile from the airport, the FAA said.

Air traffic control audio suggests the flight was progressing smoothly until just before the crash. No mayday call appears to have been placed, and just 37 seconds after the pilot’s last recorded communication with air traffic control, another pilot informs the tower, “a Learjet just crashed.”

Video on Twitter showed smoke billowing across the sky.

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Teterboro Airport has been closed and the FAA responded to the scene.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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