Jet hits NJ warehouse

A corporate jet skidded off a runway and across a highway early Wednesday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | TETERBORO, N.J | February 2, 2005

A private jet skidded off a runway at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport early Wednesday, injuring more than a dozen people.

Witnesses say the jet was taking off, bound for Chicago, shortly after 7 AM, but veared off the runway and broke through a fence, crossing a crowded commuter highway before crashing into a warehouse.

According to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the plane struck two cars before hitting the warehouse. Two people in the cars and one person in the warehouse were injured. All 11 people aboard the plane survived, but several crew members suffered serious injuries. Some of the passengers are still being treated at area hospitals as well.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board will arrive later today, said Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia. "They will be conducting the primary investigation."

Kenneth Ringler, executive director of the Port Authority, said the rescue operation is complete but that Teterboro Airport has been shut down.

Television images showed part of the fuselage sticking out from the side of the warehouse. Large billows of smoke were also pouring out of the warehouse.

Teterboro is some 12 miles from Manhattan and is one of northern New Jersey’s busiest small airports.

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