Weather a focus in Akron, Ohio, plane crash that killed nine

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Federal investigators said Wednesday they have recovered the voice recorder from a small jet that crashed Tuesday in Akron, Ohio, killing all nine people aboard, and will be taking a particular look at weather conditions.

The plane, a twin-engine Hawker 125-7A operated by ExecuFlight Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, crashed into a four-unit apartment building Tuesday afternoon. Seven employees of Pebb Enterprises, a Boca Raton, Florida, real estate developer, died along with two crew members.

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Jim Silliman, the investigator in charge of the incident for the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters Wednesday that it appeared the pilot made no distress call before the jet veered left on its first approach to Akron Fulton International Airport, clipped power lines and plunged into the apartments.

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Firefighters work at the scene where authorities say a small business jet crashed into an apartment building in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Investigators were trying to determine how many people were on the 10-seater jet, but they confirmed two deaths, said Lt. Sierjie Lash, an Akron fire department spokeswoman. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
A firefighter walks up a driveway as an apartment building burns in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, where authorities say a small business jet crashed. The plane burst into flames and disintegrated after impact. It was unclear how many people were on board. (Scott Ferrell via AP)
Emergency personnel and electrical crews work at the scene where authorities say a small business jet crashed into an apartment building in Akron, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Investigators were trying to determine how many people were on the 10-seater jet, but they confirmed two deaths, said Lt. Sierjie Lash, an Akron fire department spokeswoman. AP Photo/Phil Long)
Area police and firefighters work at the scene after a passenger jet crashed into a home on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Area police and firefighters work at the scene after a passenger jet crashed into a home on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Area police and firefighters work at the scene after a passenger jet crashed into a home on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Area police and firefighters work at the scene after a passenger jet crashed into a home on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Area police and firefighters work at the scene after a passenger jet crashed into a home on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Terry Ellis, left, takes photos of the aftermath when a passenger jet crashed into a home that he owns on Mogadore Road while on a short approach to Akron-Fulton Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Firefighters from the Akron Fire Department work on the fire caused by a small passenger jet crashing into a home on Mogadore Road on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. All nine people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Shay Pickelsicker heard a small passenger jet approach and crash into a home on Mogadore Road on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. All nine people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Bystanders stand behind the police tape on Mogadore Road at the scene of a small passenger jet crash into a home on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. All nine people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Akron Police Chief James Nice, left, and Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco during a news conference at the scene of a small passenger jet crash into a home on Mogadore Road on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. All nine people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS via Getty Images)
Staff Lt. Bill Haymaker, center, of the Ohio Highway Patrol leads a news conference at the scene of a small passenger jet crash into a home on Mogadore Road on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Akron, Ohio. All nine people aboard the plane were killed in the crash. No one was inside the home at the time of the crash. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
City of Akron, Ohio, fire and rescue workers continue the recovery process at the site of Tuesday's jet plane crash in Akron, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker, the plane crashed as it was attempting to land at Akron Fulton Airport. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
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The airport doesn't have towers to communicate with, but the pilot of a plane that landed just before the Hawker was on the same radio frequency and told investigators no indication of distress was transmitted, Silliman said.

Silliman and NTSB Vice Chairwoman Bella Dinh-Zarr were unable to provide much detail Wednesday, saying the investigative team's first full day on scene would be Thursday.

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But Silliman specified that weather would be a focus. Conditions in the Akron area Tuesday afternoon area were gray and drizzly, with low visibility and fog.

Quincy Vagell, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, said that "outside of a controlled runway landing, getting a plane down safely in an emergency would have been a very tough task."


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