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Captain of crashed Learjet described as experienced

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UPDATE: A spokesman for the Hawaii company where the pilots of a jet that crashed near a small airport outside New York City worked says the captain had more than 15 years of experience and had flown the plane "quite a bit."
    
Monday's crash of a Learjet approaching Teterboro Airport in New Jersey killed two crew members and damaged buildings in an industrial area. No one on the ground was injured.
    
Honolulu-based Trans-Pacific Jets spokesman Ryan Frost says that the pilots were returning to Teterboro Monday to stay in a hotel after earlier flying from Teterboro to Bedford, Massachusetts, and then onto Philadelphia.
    
Frost says that the other pilot had about three or four years of experience.

Jim Silliman with the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday afternoon that the voice recorder had been recovered and was being shipped to NTSB headquarters. He says the flight wasn't required to have a data recorder. He says the wind at the time of the crash "was a concern." Winds were gusting at more than 30 mph around the time of the crash. Silliman says controllers would have tried to have the plane head into the wind to avoid crosswind.  


A plane crashed near Teterboro Airport Monday killing it's pilot and co-pilot. 

Authorities say a Learjet took off in Philadelphia and crashed less than a mile from the airport. 

The pilot and co-pilot's identities have not been released. According to publicly available aviation records, the plane was registered to a A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC in July, 2014. That registration is due to expire June 30.

However, Dr. John Smith with the Laurel Airport tells KULR-8 A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC is no longer in business. Smith tells KULR-8 A&C Big Sky Aviation LLC closed it's doors several years ago. 

After the business closed, the aircraft continued to fly in and out of Billings Logan International Airport. According to flight records dating back to February 28th, the plane flew in and out of Billings five times. The plane also flew out of Jackson Hole, WY and Missoula. The most recent flight out of Billings was March 31 with the aircraft flying into Salt Lake City, UT. 

Our records search shows the plane was not unknown to Teterboro Airport. In that same time frame, it flew into that airport five different times. The only other airport where the plane landed more than three times was Van Nuys in California. 

There is no word at this time what caused that crash. The FAA is taking part in the investigation. 

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