WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- Four people have died in a plane crash in Willoughby Hills.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said the 1999 Cessna went down just after taking off from the Cuyahoga County Airport. It crashed at Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway around 10 p.m. Monday. The crash happened on the Lake County side of Bishop Road.
"Right now we do have four confirmed killed in the crash," Zemelka said. "We are still trying to figure out who was flying and who was all passengers on the plane."
Zemelka urged people to avoid Bishop Road Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. He said investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were due to arrive on scene by 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Neighbors reported hearing an explosion.
"I came out and flames were shooting out pretty high. I can't tell you how high. But you could smell the fuel in the air and then all the squad cars starting coming, " Mary Brenner, who lives near the crash scene, said. "It was like it instantly hit and we were out here."
"I heard the plane crash, " Austin Evans, another neighbor, said. "It was just like a big boom. I live right across the street. Moments later you just smelled the jet fuel and stuff like that. It was just crazy."
Mark Gerald said he heard a sputtering sound and ran out of his house seconds after the crash.
"By the time I got maybe within twenty feet of it, that was maybe as close as I could, the flames were too intense, the heat was just very, very hot and fuselage was completely consumed," he said.
Ruzanna Tovmasyan also heard something that sounded like engine trouble.
"It was the sound of a propeller, the engine was like something was wrong. Something was wrong with the plane. You could hear it," she said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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