Plane Stopped in Mass. Before Crash in NJ

A plane made a stop in Massachusetts hours before crashing in New Jersey and killing two crew members.

NBC Boston Investigators have learned the small private jet left Teterboro Airport in New Jersey for Hancom Field in Bedford Monday morning. It stayed there for almost two hours before flying to Philadelphia International Airport.

During a 28-minute flight from Philadelphia back to New Jersey, it crashed into an industrial neighborhood in Carlstadt, about a quarter mile away from Teterboro.

Witnesses say cars melted away in the fire, with heavy smoke billowing from the crash.

Two crew members were killed, but no passengers were on board at the time.

The Learjet 35 is registered to A & C Big Sky Aviation of Billings, Montana. NBC Boston spoke briefly to a manager there, who said the pilot was not a direct employee, but a subcontractor who came from a pool of pilots they use. She did not have any details on the charter flight itself and didn't know why it had stopped at Hanscom.

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