Plane that crashed into Akron apartment building did not make distress call, NTSB says

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AKRON, Ohio- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating after a plane crashed into an Akron apartment building Tuesday afternoon.

During a news conference on Wednesday, Vice Chairman of the NTSB Bella Dinh-Zarr explained how authorities will handle the investigation.

The crash killed nine people, including seven employees of the Florida-based Pebb Enterprises. The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, with the help of Mercyhurst University applied forensic science students, is working to identify the victims.

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A Hawker 125 700A left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Monday morning, and made stops in Minneapolis and Cincinnati before landing in Dayton on Tuesday.

The twin-engine jet, which had departed from Wright Brothers Airport in Dayton, was on its first approach into Akron Fulton Airport. It clipped power lines and hit the ground before crashing into an apartment just before 3 p.m., Dihn-Zarr said.

The first NTSB investigator arrived at the scene from Chicago Tuesday night with more investigators getting there at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities recovered the cockpit voice recorder and they will begin removing the plane itself on Thursday. Investigator in charge Jim Silliman said the airport did not receive a distress call.

They already spoke to a pilot who landed another plane at the airport before the Hawker approached.

The NTSB will consult with the FAA, Honeywell and Textron for technical expertise during the investigation. They will also review weather conditions and the crew's experience.

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We will be starting in the next 5 minutes.

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Vice Chairman of NTSB Bella Dinh-Zarr says they are investigating the crash of a Hawker 125 700A in Akron, Ohio. She gives her condolences and thanks local authorities.

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First investigator arrived on scene from Chicago last night. More investigators arrived at about 10 a.m. today.

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Investigator in charge is Jim Silliman of the NTSB.

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Parties to the investigator: FAA, Honeywell, Textron. Will provide technical expertise.

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Plane left Ft. Lauderdale to Minneapolis, arrived in Cincinnati at 7:40 p.m. Monday. Departed Cincy for Dayton, then Dayton to Akron.

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Investigator interviewed pilot who landed at the airport before the plane crash. They reviewed video showing the plane banking.

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Cockpit voice recorded was recovered, Dinh-Zarr says. They hope to remove the airport itself tomorrow.

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NTSB investigators will be on scene for about five days.

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Dinh-Zarr says as far as they know, this was the first approach to the airport. They will look at weather which is one of the key areas to examine.

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Dinh-Zarr says a plane landed at the airport right before this plane was expected to the land.

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Dinh-Zarr says there is evidence the plane clipped power lines and the left wing hit the ground.

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NTSB says the pilot did not make a distress call. They are looking at the entire flight plan for any reported problems during the series of stops.