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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 February, 2005, 18:24 GMT
Jet skids off New Jersey runway
Wreckage in Teterboro, New Jersey, US
Experts say it is too soon to know what caused the crash
A corporate jet has skidded off the runway and slammed into a warehouse after failing to take off in the US state of New Jersey.

At least four people were hurt in the incident, three of them seriously, when the plane veered across a road at about 0720 (1220 GMT).

Two of them were in cars travelling along the highway at the time. There were 11 people on board the aircraft bound from Teterboro Airport for Chicago.

Authorities have launched an inquiry but say it is too early to speculate on the cause of the crash.

'Crawled out'

Eight passengers and three crew members were aboard the Canadair Challenger 600.

The only serious injury was a broken leg sustained by a pilot, officials said.

"Most of the others were able to walk away," acting New Jersey Governor Richard Codey told reporters.

Two passengers in the cars had serious head injuries and one person in the warehouse was also hurt, he added.

Video footage from the scene showed skid marks crossing the snow between the runway and the highway.

Witness Robert Sosa told NBC television he had seen a person leaving the plane, who "literally crawled out like a baby".





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