A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team has been dispatched to Akron, Ohio to  investigate yesterday’s accident involving a small plane that crashed into an apartment building, killing all nine people on board.

"Our hearts are broken"

Seven of the fatalities were employees of a commercial property management firm in Florida, Pebb Enterprises, which said in a statement today that "our hearts are broken this morning."

"We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished," the company said. "Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers."

Two crew members were also killed. No one on the ground or in the apartment building was injured.

Low visibility, fog

The Hawker 125-700 plane was en route from Dayton to the Akron Fulton International Airport when it crashed in what was described as poor weather conditions, with low visibility and fog.

According to news sources, witnesses described a "loud roar" before seeing the plane plummeting from the sky.

The NTSB’s Jim Silliman will serve as the Investigator-in-Charge.