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Jet crash near NYC kills two crew members


A jet has struck a building and crashed while attempting to land at a small airport near New York City, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air, authorities say.
No passengers were onboard the Learjet 35 when it went down at 3.30pm (local time) on Monday about 400 metres from the runway at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey in a densely populated residential and industrial area.
No one on the ground was reported to have been injured.
Emergency crews worked for more than an hour to extinguish the blaze, which left a smouldering wreckage of cars in the car park of an industrial area.
Local mayor Craig Lahullier said all employees had left for the day when the plane crashed next to its Department of Public Works building.
"I tell ya, it's a miracle," he said.
"Thank God the guys were out of there, that's all I can say."
Town spokesman Joe Orlando said pieces of melted engine could be seen in the charred wreckage, along with wheels and part of the fuselage. Witnesses said they heard loud popping noises, apparently from car tyres exploding in the heat and flames.
Orlando had left the public works building about 15 minutes before it hit. When he returned, he saw the plane's engines on the ground.
"If this had happened 20 minutes earlier, people would have been at their cars," he said. "That was the first thing I thought of: 'I was just right there.'
"You could see the fan blades, the landing gear. Car tyres were blown off, there were explosions. It's something out of a movie."
A Carlstadt police spokesman said the jet appeared to be listing to its side before it crashed.

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