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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.

Witness sees plumes of black smoke minutes after crash

Naples-area resident Jinny Johnson happened upon the crash just minutes after it took place, heading north on I-75 around 3:20 p.m.

"All of a sudden I saw a lot of black smoke," Johnson said. "It was pitch black. As I got closer, the smoke got a little lighter. And then I saw flames."

Flames shot into the air, eating into the plane, and there was a damaged car sitting on the median, Johnson said. As she crept north, sticking to the curb lane on the far side of the road to give herself as much space from the plane as possible, she watched everything unfold.聽

Emergency vehicles had not yet arrived, and as traffic crept along, she watched a helicopter land near the wreckage. Ambulance, fire and police vehicles sped north up the sides of the interstate on the southbound side, she said. She thought it had hit a side wall along the highway, but couldn't be sure. Johnson added that she saw a first responder was sitting next to a person on the median, who appeared to have been in the car.

Naples Airport dispatched firetrucks with a special foam-type substance that can help control jet fuel fires.聽

As firefighters hosed down the plane, the smoke changed from black to gray to white.

FAA confirms crash of plane from Columbus, Ohio

A plane crashed on Interstate 75 in Naples on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Bombardier Challenger 600 jet crashed on southbound Interstate 75, near mile marker 107, Pine Ridge Road, at about 3:10 p.m. Friday. At least one vehicle was destroyed.

The plane crashed roughly 4.7 miles from the airport.

The plane was coming from Columbus, Ohio, to the Naples Airport and scheduled for departure to Fort Lauderdale, said Robin King, the director of communication with The Naples Airport Authority.

It left Ohio at 12:30 p.m.

King said the airport lost communication with the plane just before the crash.

"It was coming in for a landing," she said. "We received word that it had possibly lost an engine, we have not confirmed that, then we lost contact." 聽

In a tape released of the final call from the pilot, the pilot tells an airport controller they won't make the runway.

Pilot: "Okay, Challenger, Hop-A-Jet 823, lost both engines, emergency. I'm making an emergency landing." Controller: "I've got an emergency. Clear to land Runway 23." 聽Pilot: "We're clear to land but we're not gonna make the runway. We've lost both engines." 聽

Smoke pours from the downed Bombardier Challenger 600 jet that crashed on Highway I-75 near Naples.

Naples airport had no information on who was on plane

King did not have a time for departure to Fort Lauderdale.

"We don't have anybody here at the general aviation terminal waiting for them," she said. "We don't know who they are, the nature of the business. We don't know why they are coming here."

Friday night, the Hop-a-Jet charter company released a statement saying it had "received confirmed reports of an accident involving one of our leased aircraft near Naples" and that it would dispatch a team to the crash site.

"Our immediate concern is for the well-being of our passengers, crew members, and their families," the statement said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.

An NTSB investigator arrived at the accident site Friday afternoon and several others were expected to arrive Saturday.

The NTSB said it would move the plan to "secure facility" for further evaluation. A spokesperson said its investigations involve the pilot, the airplane and the operating environment.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers remained on the scene Saturday. By 7:40 p.m. Friday, northbound lanes of the interstate had reopened. Southbound lanes remained closed Saturday as the investigation continued.

Troopers advised drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes. The FAA also restricted airspace in the area around the crash.

Firefighters hose down the jet that crashed Friday afternoon on I-75 outside Naples. At least two are confirmed dead in the crash.

Officials at OSU said the Columbus, Ohio airport is fully commercial, and the plane is not affiliated with the university.

Naples Daily 香港六合彩开奖直播 and Fort Myers 香港六合彩开奖直播-Press journalists Liz Freeman, Kendall Little, Bill Smith, Andrew West, Stacey Henson, Dan Glaun and Alex Martin and Jim Wilhelm of the Columbus Dispatch contributed to this report.