Naples plane crash: 2 dead after plane crashes on I-75, 3 rescued
By TOI Desk Report February 10, 2024 Update on : February 10, 2024
Two people were killed after a small plane carrying five people crashed on I-75 in Naples, Florida on Friday and collided with a vehicle, authorities said.
According to officials, three of those onboard were able to get out of the plane, reports CNN.
The Federal Aviation Administration said five people were on board the plane, a Bombardier Challenger 600 series jet, when it crashed around 3:15 pm ET.
The plane that took off from The Ohio State University Airport a little after 1:00 pm was scheduled to land at Naples Airport before departing for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said two people died in the crash.
Robin King, spokesperson for the Naples Airport Authority, told CNN that Three people survived, but King is yet to know the conditions of the three survivors.
According to A witness, Brianna Walker, and the video she shared of the scene, an explosion came from the plane about a minute after the crash. The video shows the plane’s fuselage in flames and a large plume of black smoke billowing above the crash site.
After the crash, motorists stopped to help, but the explosion that came afterward sent people running, Walker said.
Emergency declared shortly before the crash
Immediately before the plane crashed into the highway, a pilot radioed air traffic controllers to report an emergency.
The air traffic controller cleared the plane onto the runway and instructed another aircraft to hold short.
The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened on the southbound lanes near Pine Ridge Road.
After the crash, the sheriff’s office closed a large stretch of the highway without specifying when it would reopen.