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Two dead in small plane crash in New Jersey

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WATCH ABOVE: Several buildings were set ablaze after a plane crashed near the Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, N.J – May 15, 2017

Two people were killed Monday afternoon when a plane they were in crashed near the Teterboro Airport in Carlstadt, N.J., according to multiple reports.

Carlstadt police confirmed the number of dead to NBC News.

Federal Aviation Administration officials told reporters it was a Learjet 35 Twin Engine corporate plane that crashed around 3:40 p.m. ET.

Carlstadt Police Sergeant John Cleary told reporters the plane hit one building in an industrial or manufacturing area, skidded across a parking lot and broke apart. The flaming debris then set a second building on fire, he said.

“The plane was seen listing to its left side so obviously there was some sort of malfunction,” Cleary said.

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Images from the scene showed large plumes of smoke.

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“The aircraft went down about a quarter mile from the airport in a residential area. The flight departed from Philadelphia International Airport and was headed to Teterboro,” the FAA officials said, ABC news reports.

The Teterboro Airport is closed until further notice. “There’s nothing really left of the plane at all – you just see the two engines that are burnt up and stuff,” one witness told NBC News.

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Flight data compiled by Flightaware, a website that tracks plane movements, said the Learjet 35 had started the day at Teterboro and flown to Massachusetts before flying to Philadelphia.

The National Weather Service said strong winds had been reported in the area.

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With files from Reuters. 

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