FARMINGTON, Conn., (WTNH)– Emergency crews were on the scene of a plane crash in Farmington on Thursday morning after four people died in a plane crash.
The FAA reported that a Cessna Citation 560X business jet taking off from Robertson Airport in Plainville crashed into the Trumpf building in Farmington around 10 a.m.
Farmington Police say the first officers on the scene reported a plane struck the building and was fully engulfed in flames.
The plan was headed to Dare County Regional Airport in North Carolina with four people aboard. Officials confirmed both pilots and both passengers have died as a result of the crash.
Farmington police said witnesses reported the plane had trouble shortly after takeoff. The plane then hit the ground and slid into the building. Farmington police report there is evidence of some kind of mechanical failure during takeoff.
“It appears there was some type of mechanical failure during the takeoff sequence that resulted in the crash behind us,” he said.
Police officials did say that all Trumpf employees are accounted for and do not believe any employees were injured. One witness News 8 spoke to said one of his coworkers inside the Trumpf building sustained minor burns.
The plane, a Cessna Citation 560X, was headed to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Two pilots and two passengers aboard the plane were killed, McKenzie said. Their names were not immediately released.
The crash set off chemical fires inside the Trumpf building, Gov. Ned Lamont said. Everybody who was inside the Trumpf building has been accounted for and there were no serious injuries, McKenzie said
Lamont said authorities were in the process of identifying those who died on the plane. He said there was nothing left of it when first responders arrived.
“It was just a ball of fire, an explosion, and then the chemical fires afterwards,” he said.
“I think they are still trying to identify who was there, identify the next of kin before we can say anything else. I just know it was incredible. The thing was filled with jet fuel.”
Farmington is in central Connecticut, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of the state capital of Hartford.
McKenzie said an intense fire burned for over 20 minutes.
Caleb Vaichaus, who works near the crash site, said he ran to the scene after hearing a loud explosion and seeing billows of black smoke from the Trumpf building.
“I ran straight toward it to see if I could help. I got as close as I possibly could and the flames were extremely hot and the fire was just getting bigger,” he told WTIC-TV.