Jet with 4 aboard crashes into building after takeoff in Connecticut

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Jet with 4 aboard crashes into building after takeoff in Connecticut

A business jet with four people on board crashed into a building in Connecticut on Thursday morning after developing a problem shortly after takeoff, officials said.

The Cessna Citation 560X took off from Robertson Field Airport in Plainville en route to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, about 10 a.m. when it crashed into a building on Hyde Road in Farmington, FAA spokesperson Nia Fields told The Post.

There were four people aboard, she said.

There was no word about the fate of the passengers and crew.

“We are responding to a plane crash into a building at 111 Hyde Rd,” police in Farmington said in a tweet.

The Cessna Citation 560X took off from Robertson Field Airport around 10 a.m. on September 2, 2021.
The Cessna Citation 560X took off from Robertson Field Airport around 10 a.m. on September 2, 2021.
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According to the plane's manifest, there were four people on board when the plane went down.
According to the plane’s manifest, there were four people on board when the plane went down.
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The address corresponds to that of Trumpf Medical Systems, a German industrial machine manufacturing company. Police said it appeared that everyone at the company has been accounted for.

The plane developed trouble after takeoff, crashed into the ground and then struck the building, police told reporters at the scene.

Images from the scene show firefighters spraying water at the charred building.

A witness at a nearby company said he heard a loud explosion and ran out to see the smoke.

As of now, there is no word on the identities or the conditions of the passengers or crew of the plane.
As of now, there is no word on the identities or the conditions of the passengers or crew of the plane.
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This is the third plane to crash in Connecticut, the first being in 2017.
This is the third plane to crash in Connecticut, the first being in 2017.
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“I saw black billows of smoke. I could see flames coming up from Trumpf Manufacturing and as I got closer, I got pieces of fuselage, metal strewn throughout Farmington Avenue,” Caleb Vaichaus, an employee at Image First, told Fox 61.

He added: “The flames were extremely hot and got bigger. I couldn’t see any movement inside.” 

Connecticut Gov. Led Lamont said in a tweet that he was en route to the crash site.

“My prayers are with those on the ground and with the souls on board,” he wrote.

Farmington is in central Connecticut, about 10 miles southwest of the state capital of Hartford.

The plane carrying the four people crashed into a building owned by a German manufacturing company called Trumpf Medical Systems.
The plane carrying the four people crashed into a building owned by a German manufacturing company called Trumpf Medical Systems.
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In 2018, Donald Eckberg was killed when the experimental Rutan Defiant kit plane he was flying crashed in Plainville.

The year before, a single-engine Cessna 172 flown by Manfred Forst crashed in the same area. He suffered minor injuries, Fox 61 reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Thursday’s crash.

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