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AKRON, Ohio - A Fort Lauderdale-based charter company operated a business jet that crashed Tuesday into an Akron, Ohio, home and burst into flames.

Execuflight Inc. is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,and according to a charter industry website, the company was established in 2000 and has a fleet of seven aircrafts.

A woman at the scene  plane crash said one of the victims is an executive for Pebb Enterprises , a real estate investment company based out of Boca Raton, Fla. 

The Hawker 700 series business jet that crashed seated eight passengers, in addition to the crew, and was built in 1979 and is a mid-size jet that was first designed more than 50 years ago.

It's been described as the world's longest production business jet -- last built by Beechcraft that halted production several years ago when the company faced bankruptcy.

Execuflight's Facebook page shows the most recent post in 2013 with photos of what is described as the company's maintenance team preparing for takeoff.

The company's website is not operating.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there have been four fatal crashes in the U.S. in the last 30 years.

The most recent non-fatal crash happened in 2011 in Missouri when a pilot heard a loud bang in the engine and noticed it was decreasing power. He returned safely to the airport.

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