Emergency workers near Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where a Learjet crashed while trying to land on Monday. (Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times)

A Learjet crashed near Teterboro Airport in New Jersey as it attempted to land on Monday afternoon, killing two crew members and setting several cars and buildings ablaze near the airport, according to officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration, in a statement, said the plane had taken off from Philadelphia International Airport and was approaching a runway when it crashed at 3:30 p.m. about a quarter of a mile from the airport.

The Carlstadt police said there were no passengers on the plane. It was unclear whether anyone on the ground was injured.

Black plumes of smoke rose from the crash site as firefighters and emergency workers rushed to the scene.

Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the Borough of Carlstadt, told WNBC-TV that he saw several cars engulfed by flames and at least one building that was heavily damaged.

Witnesses described seeing the plane coming in at an odd angle, seeming to flip to one side before it crashed into the ground.

In 2009, the airport came under scrutiny after a midair crash of a single-engine airplane and a sightseeing helicopter over the Hudson River that killed nine people.

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SOURCE: NY Times, Marc Santora

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