Plane slams into building at Teterboro Airport; approximately 20 injured
Approximately 20 people were taken to area hospitals Wednesday morning after a small jet skidded off the runway at Teterboro Airport and crashed into a nearby building.
A Bombardier Challenger CL-600 corporate jet apparently broke through a fence and skidded across Route 46 into a clothing store warehouse while attempting to take off at 7:23. Firefighters and emergency crews quickly responded and arrived at the crash site to help victims.
A New Jersey State Police spokesman says all people have been accounted for in the crash. Officials say two of the people injured were in cars along the highway. There were 11 people on the plane. Eighteen of the crash victims, including five firefighters and a warehouse worker, were brought to Hackensack University Medical Center.
After being closed for most of the day, officials have reopened one of the airport's runways and traffic is once again moving through Route 46. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the jet was headed to Midway Airport in Chicago when the accident occurred. The spokesperson also says radio communications before takeoff were normal and the weather was clear.
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