A single-engine plane crashed on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 on Interstate 287 in Harding Township. Five people and a dog aboard the plane were killed, according to published reports.
The New York Daily News reported that the plane exploded upon impact, bursting into flames over the tops of cars.
Greenhill & Company, an investment bank based in New York, told the media two of its managing directors, Jeffrey F. Buckalew, 45, and Rakesh Chawla, 36, were killed in the crash. Also killed Mr. Buckalew’s wife, Corinne, and their son Jackson and their daughter Meriwether, according to the New York Times. The Times, citing Federal Aviation Administration records, said Buckalew is a pilot and owned the plane.
The Times reported that the single-engine plane, a Socata TBM-700, left Teterboro Airport at 9:51 a.m., bound for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport near Atlanta.
A few minutes after takeoff, the pilot spoke with air traffic controllers about icing conditions. The plane disappeared from radar at 17,500 feet. The crash occurred 14 minutes after takeoff.
The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report a week after the crash, stating that the pilot received clearance to fly higher but because of icing conditions climbed only 900 feet before the plane began to descend.
Witnesses said they saw the plane spiraling out of control. According to WNBC-TV in New York, some thought the plane was performing a stunt.
A final report on the crash could take a year to complete, the NTSB said in a statement to the media.