9 Dead in Small Jet Crash in Ohio All Worked For Florida Real Estate Company
Nine people who died in a small jet crash in Ohio were all employees of a Florida real estate company, authorities said Wednesday.
There were no survivors on board the Hawker H25 business jet, which rammed into an Akron apartment building after taking off from Dayton, police said.
No one on the ground was hurt.
Two pilots and seven passengers perished in the flaming crash. They worked for Pebb Enterprises in Boca Raton.
In a statement, the company said Wednesday, "Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees.
"We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished," the statement said. The company would not respond to media requests, it said.
State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker said the apartment building was empty. "Obviously, the situation could have been worse, granted, if anybody was home," he told NBC News.
An Akron resident who was snap chatting caught the impact on her cell phone.
The flight had been charted by Execuflight, a Florida company. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation.
The jet was apparently en route to nearby Akron Fulton Airport when it clipped power and phone lines and then hit a small apartment building, authorities said.