A business jet with four people on board crashed into a building in Connecticut on Thursday morning 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 identities and conditions 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 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.
“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.”
Farmington is in central Connecticut, about 10 miles southwest of the state capital of Hartford.
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.