A small plane crashed Thursday morning into a building near a small airport in Connecticut.
Police confirmed the accident, which occurred just before 10 a.m. in Farmington, just over the Plainville town line, but did not immediately provide further details, including the size of the plane or whether there were any injuries.
Authorities evacuated the area near Trumpf Inc., a high-tech manufacturing company, where the accident occurred and were asking people to stay away.
Farmington is in central Connecticut, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) southwest of the state capital of Hartford.
Photos and drone footage taken by local television stations showed damage to both the roof and the side of the building, which is just several hundred feet from the end of the runway at the small Robertson Airport in Plainville, Connecticut.
Caleb Vaichaus, who works near the crash site, said he ran to the scene after hearing a loud explosion and seeing black billows of smoke from the Trumpf building.
“As I got even closer I saw pieces of what looked like fuselage, metal, strewn throughout the road over here and in the grass over here,” he told WTIC-TV. “I ran straight toward it to see if I could help. I got as close as I possibly could and the flames were extremely hot and the fire was just getting bigger. It kind of looked like you could see the tail of the airplane sticking out. So any passengers or any movement, I couldn’t see anything like that in the area.”
There were no visible flames an hour after the crash, and the billows of black smoke had given way to wafts, while smoke was still coming from the side of the building.