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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