Ten people were killed when an aircraft crashed into a hangar at the Addison Airport on Sunday morning.
The plane crashed shortly after taking off at about 9:10 a.m. and was destroyed in the subsequent fire. Ten people were onboard the plane and no one survived.
The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said. The hangar was unoccupied.
Federal officials told the Associated Press two crew members and eight passengers were killed on the plane, which was scheduled to fly to St. Petersburg, Florida. The names of the people who died have not been released.
The plane struggled to gain altitude after taking off from the suburban Dallas airport, veered to one side and plunged into the hangar, local authorities and witnesses told the AP.
FAA investigators were on their way to the accident site and the National Transportation Safety Board will be in charge of the investigation, the FAA said.
The FAA will release the tail number after investigators verify it. Neither the FAA nor the NTSB release the names of aircraft occupants, the spokesman said.
“We don’t know a lot about the people on board at this point,” National Transportation Safety Board Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg told the AP Sunday night.
Asked if the behavior of the plane indicated engine failure, Landsberg said: “We cannot confirm that there was an engine failure at this point.
“There are any number of possibilities that could occur,” he said.
The NTSB said the plane had recently changed hands so its tail number was not yet certain. Jennifer Rodi, the NTSB’s lead investigator on the accident, told the AP the plane had previously been owned by a private charter company in Chicago.
Dallas County was helping the city of Addison set up a family assistance center for people affected by the crash, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The center is staffed with chaplains, counselors and other mental health and support workers, he said.
“It’s a horrible, sad, shocking thing to lose a family member like this,” Jenkins told The Associated Press. “So we’re doing whatever we can to comfort them.”