Several dead after plane crashes into Ohio apartment building

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AKRON, Ohio — 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. Nobody was home at the time.

Authorities say a mass-fatality team will begin working Wednesday morning to sift through the wreckage. 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.

A witness says the jet “just dropped out of the sky” before crashing into an apartment building nearby.

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.

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