4 killed when small jet crashes into building in Connecticut

FARMINGTON, Conn. — A small jet carrying four people en route to North Carolina crashed Thursday morning in Farmington shortly after taking off from a nearby airport, authorities said.

>> Read more trending news

All four people onboard the jet at the time of the crash, identified as two pilots and two passengers, died, Farmington police Lt. Tim McKenzie said.

A short while earlier, the jet apparently experienced a mechanical failure during takeoff from the nearby Robertson Airport in Plainville, about a mile away from the scene of the crash, McKenzie said. The jet crashed into the ground before hitting a building at 111 Hyde Rd, the U.S. head office for Trumpf Inc., an industrial machine manufacturing company, according to police.

The jet, a Cessna Citation 560X, was headed to Dare County Regional Airport in Manteo, North Carolina, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.