A small plane traveling from Philadelphia to North Jersey crashed Monday afternoon a quarter-mile from its destination, igniting an extensive fire and killing its two pilots, authorities said.

The Learjet 35, which had no passengers, was approaching Runway 1 at Teterboro Airport around 3:30 p.m. when it hit a building near Kero Road in an industrial area of Carlstadt, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

A Carlstadt police spokesman said the jet appeared to list before it crashed.

Flaming debris ignited fires in a nearby building, as well as in several parked cars. It took firefighters more than an hour to knock down the flames. No one on the ground was injured.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

The plane, registered to Montana-based A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC, flew Monday morning from Teterboro to Bedford, Mass., before coming to Philadelphia International Airport. The plane left Philadelphia at 3:04 p.m.

Steve Case, cofounder of America Online, was aboard another plane at Teterboro and wrote in an Instagram post that the plane appeared to have missed a turn.


The National Weather Service warned of winds with gusts up to 45 mph just before the plane went down.

Teterboro, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is the oldest operating airport in the New York City area. It is a favorite landing spot for corporate and luxury jets.

The airport was the scene of a midair crash that killed nine people in 2009, when a single-engine plane and a sightseeing helicopter collided over the Hudson River.

Twenty people were injured there in 2005 when a corporate jet aborted its takeoff and crashed into a nearby warehouse.

Staff writers Linda Loyd and Robert Moran contributed to this article, which contains information from the Associated Press.