A private jet crashed into an empty factory in Farmington, Connecticut, killing everyone on board after it reportedly struggled to take off from an airport a mile away.
The plane crashed into a factory for Germany-based Trumpf at 111 Hyde Road, a mile away from tiny Robertson Airport.
The Federal Aviation Authority reported that the Cessna Citation 560X left the airport with four people on board en route to North Carolina’s Dare County Regional Airport.
According to the Farmington Police Lt. Tim McKenzie has not taken anyone to hospital after the crash.
Thursday morning plane crash in Farmington, Connecticut sent flames into the sky
Police have advised people to avoid the area so emergency services can evacuate
Governor Ned Lamont said ‘other island fires’ broke out at Trumpf facility
The Cessna Citation 560X costs an average of $2.5 million and can carry up to nine passengers
At 10 a.m., it crashed into the building. There is no official word on the condition of those aboard the plane, according to WTNH in New Haven, but none of them survived, according to a report.
Witnesses say the plane struggled to take off from the airport earlier in the day, reporter said Caitlin Franciso from WSFB. It hit the ground before finally crashing into the factory building.
Photos of the scene show smoke rising as a mangled plane appears to rest next to the charred side of the building.
Little is known about other victims or injured as of Thursday 12.30 p.m.
The plane crashed in the small town of Farmington, about a mile from an airport
Cessna Citation 560Xs goes for a whopping $2.5 million, according to LibertyJet.com. The popular aircraft has a capacity of nine passengers.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont thanked first responders at the scene, adding that the plane likely had mechanical problems and hit a power line after taking off from the nearby airport.
“It’s a chemical plant inside, so there’s a lot of other island fires going on. Our amazing first responders were here almost immediately, but there wasn’t much to save in terms of the people on the plane,” Lamont said. WTNH.
‘I feel the tragedy. I feel like it’s a state that has suffered a lot of loss lately.”
Earlier in the day, a state agent was hospitalized in critical condition after his police car was swept into water at 4 a.m. in Woodbury. Hartford Courant.
The governor said the National Transportation Safety Board is on its way.
A website for Trumpf describes the Farmington campus as a “state-of-the-art training facility, where more than 25 full-time instructors teach hands-on programming, maintenance and equipment operation classes in a 48,000-square-foot fabrication shop. ‘
“Production of solid-state laser sources and flatbed laser cutters is also carried out at the Farmington facility to better meet the needs of customers in North America.”
A company spokeswoman directed all inquiries to the Farmington Fire Department.
A reporter from WTNH said the building was empty at the time, but no one aboard the plane survived.
Police released little information about the accident on Thursday morning
“Police sources tell me a jet engine took off from Robertson Airport in Plainville and ran out of power. Sources say no one was in the building at the time, but unfortunately no one on the plane survived,” said Samaia Hernandez. tweeted at 10:55 a.m.
A witness at a nearby company, Image First, told WTIC-TV they heard a loud explosion and ran outside to see the smoke.
Farmington is located in Hartford County, about 10 miles southwest of the state capital of Hartford. The city of 25,000 people is about two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City.
“We are responding to a plane crash in a building at 111 Hyde Rd. Media can act for now at the intersection of New Britain Ave and Hyde Rd,” the Farmington Police Department tweeted at 10:10 am.
All updates will be posted on our Twitter page. Please avoid the area so emergency services can evacuate the immediate area.”