Pilot told of icing before New Jersey crash that killed 5 - KMOV.com

Pilot told of icing before New Jersey crash that killed 5

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Federal investigators are resuming their search for wreckage from a fiery plane crash that killed five people in northern New Jersey on Tuesday.

The single-engine plane was carrying two investment bankers and three others from New Jersey to Georgia when it crashed on Route 287. All five people were killed along with a dog that was on board.

An audio recording of air traffic controllers talking to the pilot revealed they warned about icing conditions up to 17,000 feet. Investigators say the plane had requested clearance to climb to 17,500 feet before it spun out of control and crashed.

Witnesses said the plane looked as though it was performing aerobatic tricks.

Killed were investment bankers Jeffrey Buckalew and Rakesh Chawla as well as Buckalew's wife and two children.

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