Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Plane crash in New Jersey marks third fatal U.S. crash in two days (Video)

A plane spiraled out of control over busy Interstate 287 in New Jersey on Tuesday and crashed into the highway. All five people aboard were killed when the single-engine plane hit the median and exploded. It is the third fatal plane crash in the U.S. in two days. In two of the accidents, all passengers were killed.
A piece of a small plane hangs from a tree located between Hilltop Circle and James Street near Interstate 287. (Joe Epstein/AP)

The Associated Press reports: “New York investment banking firm Greenhill & Co. said two of its managing directors, Jeffrey Buckalew, 45, and Rakesh Chawla, 36, as well as Buckalew’s wife and two children, were on the plane that crashed on Interstate 287.”

On Tuesday, a Cessna 172 went down over North Texas, killing a pilot from China and seriously injuring two other passengers. And on Monday, another single-engine plane went down in Central Texas, Michael D. Butler, 33, his wife, Kelly, 34 and their two children. Butler’s brother David was also on board and killed in the crash.

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