At least 3 dead in plane crash on busy highway

Dec 20 2011 - 1:02pm

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A State Police helicopter lands on the southbound lanes of route 287 in Harding Township, N.J., where a small plane headed for Georgia crashed, raining debris down on the highway and local streets Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. The plane spiraled out of control and lost a section of the aircraft before hitting the wooded median strip, skidding into the roadway and exploding. All five people aboard were killed but no one on the ground was injured. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A piece of a small plane hangs from a tree located between Hilltop Circle and James Street near Interstate 287 where the plane crashed forcing the police to close all lanes of the highway to conduct their investigation, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Harding Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A piece of a small plane that crashed Tuesday morning can be seen on James Street near Interstate 287, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011 in Harding Township, N.J. Two New York City investment bankers are among the five dead in the small plane crash, which left debris on the highway and local streets, forcing the police to close the highway to conduct their investigation. The FAA says the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta Tuesday when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from the radar. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A firefighter walks along the northbound lanes of Interstate 287 looking for pieces of a small plane that crashed Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 2011 on Interstate 287 in Harding, N.J. Two New York City investment bankers are among the five dead in the small plane crash, which left debris on the highway and local streets, forcing the police to close the highway to conduct their investigation. The FAA says the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta Tuesday when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from the radar. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A State Police helicopter lands on the southbound lanes of route 287 in Harding Township, N.J., where a small plane headed for Georgia crashed, raining debris down on the highway and local streets Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. The plane spiraled out of control and lost a section of the aircraft before hitting the wooded median strip, skidding into the roadway and exploding. All five people aboard were killed but no one on the ground was injured. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A piece of a small plane hangs from a tree located between Hilltop Circle and James Street near Interstate 287 where the plane crashed forcing the police to close all lanes of the highway to conduct their investigation, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Harding Township, N.J. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A piece of a small plane that crashed Tuesday morning can be seen on James Street near Interstate 287, Tuesday Dec. 20, 2011 in Harding Township, N.J. Two New York City investment bankers are among the five dead in the small plane crash, which left debris on the highway and local streets, forcing the police to close the highway to conduct their investigation. The FAA says the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta Tuesday when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from the radar. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)
A firefighter walks along the northbound lanes of Interstate 287 looking for pieces of a small plane that crashed Tuesday morning, Dec. 20, 2011 on Interstate 287 in Harding, N.J. Two New York City investment bankers are among the five dead in the small plane crash, which left debris on the highway and local streets, forcing the police to close the highway to conduct their investigation. The FAA says the plane departed Teterboro Airport for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta Tuesday when there was a garbled transmission and it disappeared from the radar. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein)

HARDING, N.J. -- Police say at least three people are dead after a small plane headed for Georgia crashed on one of the New York City area's busiest highways.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones tells The Associated Press that the death toll in the crash on Interstate 287 in Harding, N.J., could be as high as five.

Police say the bodies were in the plane and no motorists were involved.

The FAA says the Socata TBM-700 single-engine turboprop had taken off from nearby Teterboro Airport and was headed for DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Atlanta when it disappeared from radar.

Witnesses reported the plane spiraling out of control, losing pieces, hitting the ground and exploding.

Helicopter footage from News 12 New Jersey showed charred wreckage, and state police said the highway was closed in both directions.

 

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