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Horrific Plane Crash On Florida Interstate Kills Two [VIDEO]

A fiery plane crash on I-75 near Naples, Florida, has killed at least two individuals.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Bombardier Challenger 600 was carrying five people when it crashed around 3:15 p.m. ET on Friday.

Footage of the wreckage is horrific:

“A small plane hit a vehicle during an emergency landing on an interstate, causing massive flames and a plume of black smoke,” ABC 7 Sarasota wrote.

Naples Daily News reports:

Florida Highway Patrol says a small airplane with five people from The Ohio State University’s airport collided with a vehicle in Collier County on Friday afternoon creating a fiery debris field and closing Interstate 75.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed at least two people are dead. They were identified Saturday as pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, of Oakland Park; and co-pilot Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65, of Pompano Beach.

All the occupants of the automobiles damaged in the crash survived, FHP said Saturday.

Two ground vehicles were damaged in the crash: a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2023 Nissan Armada SUV. The driver of the Silverado, a 48-year-old Naples man, suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, FHP said.

The driver of the Nissan, a 66-year-old woman, and her two passengers, an 85-year-old woman and a 31-year-old woman, escaped with no injuries. The occupants of the Nissan were all from Massachusetts.

“All of a sudden I saw a lot of black smoke,” Naples-area resident Jinny Johnson commented.

“It was pitch black. As I got closer, the smoke got a little lighter. And then I saw flames,” Johnson added.

“Moments before a private jet slammed into a Florida highway, the pilot reportedly told an airport controller that the aircraft ‘was not going to make the runway’ since it had lost both engines,” TIME wrote.

Per CNN:

Shortly before aircraft tracking data showing the plane crashed into the highway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to report an emergency.

“Lost both engines. Emergency,” the pilot said in transmissions captured by “Make an emergency landing.”

An air traffic controller cleared the plane onto the runway and instructed another aircraft to hold short of the runway.

The pilot replied in the last recording heard on that recording from the aircraft: “Cleared to land, but we’re not going make the runway.”

The crash happened on the southbound lanes near Pine Ridge Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Those lanes remained closed Saturday during cleanup and investigation.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.


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