Wreckage, records, video may hold clues to Ohio plane crash

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- With no survivors and no sign of a distress call from the plane that slammed into an Ohio apartment house, investigators will comb charred wreckage, aircraft records, weather information and video for clues about what caused the crash that killed nine people onboard.

The cockpit voice recorder from the aircraft was sent Wednesday to a lab for analysis, and investigators expected to begin recovering parts of the plane on Thursday, said Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

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It crashed Tuesday afternoon in Akron as it approached the small airport where it was to land.

Pictures of the aftermath of the small plane hitting the Ohio apartment building:

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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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Another pilot who had just landed at the airport reported hearing no distress calls despite being on the same communications frequency as the aircraft that went down, the NTSB said. It said the small airport doesn't have a control tower with which the plane might have communicated.

Investigators have surveillance video from a nearby construction company that shows the plane coming in along treetops, banking to the left, crashing and exploding into flames and a cloud of black smoke. The left wing hit the ground first before the plane crashed into the apartment house, Dinh-Zarr said.

The two pilots were killed, along with seven associates from Pebb Enterprises, a Boca Raton, Florida, real estate investment company. No one was home at the apartments, and there were no other injuries.

A statement posted on Pebb's website said its staff was heartbroken to learn two principals and five employees had died in the crash. They were on the second day of a multicity Midwestern trip to look at property for potential shopping centers.

Officials at the crash site are getting help from a forensics team from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, that specializes in recovering human remains at crime scenes and crash sites. The process could take days, said State Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Haymaker.

"It's going to be extensive," he said.

Officials haven't released the victims' names, but relatives at the crash scene said the dead included 50-year-old Diane Smoot, who was with the group from Pebb Enterprises, her sister told Cleveland.com.

Among those who saw the flames in the immediate aftermath was 38-year-old Jason Bartley, who lived in the apartment house that was struck and was driving home when he learned what happened. He told the Akron Beacon Journal that an errand essentially saved his life:

Roberta Porter, who lives about a block from the site, said she saw the plane crash as she was driving nearby.

"This plane just dropped out of the sky, veered and crashed into the apartment building," Porter said.

She said it's scary to think that if she had been driving faster the plane might have clipped her car.

Stacy reported from Columbus, Ohio. Associated Press reporters John Seewer in Toledo and Kantele Franko in Columbus contributed to this report.

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