AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are in Akron to begin investigating Tuesday's deadly plane crash.
All nine people on board the 1979 Hawker HS 125 700A twin-engine business jet were killed, when the plane crashed into a four-family apartment complex at 2:53 p.m.
Bella Dinh-Zarr, Vice-Chairman of NTSB indicated that surveillance video shows the plane flying at a low altitude and banking to the left. She revealed that the voice recorder has been recovered and is on its way to Washington, D.C.
The charter plane began its trip with two crew members and seven passengers at 6:30 a.m. Monday, flying from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Minneapolis, MN, then to Moline, IL. From there it flew to St. Louis, MO and on to Cincinnati, OH.
The crew and passengers stayed overnight in Cincinnati and departed at 10 a.m. Tuesday for Dayton. They left Dayton for Akron on Tuesday afternoon, crashing just before 3 p.m.
The plane clipped a telephone wire, hit an apartment building on Mogadore Road at Skelton Road, then crashed into an embankment behind that building.
"The left wing hit the ground first and left a witness mark. Then the aircraft hit half of an apartment building, destroying it before running up an embankment behind the building and coming to rest," Dinh-Zarr said.
A pilot who landed at Akron Fulton International Airport just before the crash was interviewed for details. Investigators would not speculate on a cause, but said they're looking into flight control, engines, records, weather, air traffic control and operations.
Dinh-Zarr said there was no distress call from the plane before it went down.
NTSB said the agency is in the early stages of its investigation and expects to be in Akron for four to five days.
In an earlier news conference, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker said the fact that the plane went down in a confined area will help their investigation as they continue to process the scene.
Investigators received the plane manifesto and made contact with the families of the passengers. A lot of the victims were from the Florida area.
"One of the victim's family members is in town and others are starting to show up," Haymaker said.
"As far as occupants on the plane, the recovery process is going to be lengthy - it could take days," added Haymaker. "The fuselage is somewhat intact, but it is heavily burned."
The crash affected 12 families on the ground. The Red Cross is helping 11 of those families.
Dr. Lisa Kohler with the Summit County Medical Examiner's office says a forensic anthropology team of 22 from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA has arrived in Akron to help. The Applied Forensics Science Program handles about 100 cases a year, the major ones being crime-scene and airplane-crash recoveries. The ME's office has also reached out the Ohio Mortuary Response Team for assistance.
Several roads will remain closed as investigators begin the task of sifting through the crash scene.