Akron, Ohio – A small corporate jet fell from the sky amidst the foggy weather on Tuesday afternoon. The airplane, a Hawker H25, was on approach to Akron Fulton International Airport. There were seven passengers on board, with two members of the flight crew. All souls on board perished in crash.
The Hawker H25, owned by Execuflight, was chartering members of Pebb Enterprises up to the Akron area. Pebb Enterprises is a Real Estate Development company out of Boca Raton, Florida. The company released this statement Wednesday morning:
“Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises. We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished. Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers. We ask for the media’s understanding and cooperation at this time of unimaginable loss and mourning and are not responding to media requests at this time.
Family members of some employees were on the scene. One member of family told news reporters that their sister, Diane Smoot, worked for Pebb Enterprises, but at this time no names have been released and it is unconfirmed if Smoot was on the Aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are on the scene. The FAA and NTSB will search for clues within the wreckage, as well as the aircraft’s flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorded, better known as the “black boxes”.
The airplane was on their final leg of the trip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They stopped off in at Dayton, and continued on to Akron. The airplane was on final approach, when it crashed into a four family apartment building at about three o’clock in the afternoon. According to Akron police, the crash happened near Mogodore and Skelton roads.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, the plane, which was coming in a lower rate of speed than normal, hit power lines, then hit a home. Later crashed into an embankment, and then hit another home. Troopers announced their were no survivors, but would not release the number on board. We have come to find nine, including flight crew. Luckily, there were no fatalities on the ground.
Witnesses say that they heard a “loud roar” which would have been the engines. Some saw that the plane was banking steeply to the left. Then there was a flash of light. No one was home at the apartment building at the time of the crash. Neighbors rushed from their homes to try and aide with the crash site.
Speculations say that the cause of the crash was a lack of lift, called a stall, resulting from the low air speed. Some say it was due to the low visibility caused by the low cloud cover. Nothing has been made official. The FAA and NTSB are in charge of the investigation and will update as more facts become known.
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Video of crash courtesy of cleveland.com