Fatal Plane Crash Ignites on Florida Highway

A tragic incident unfolded on a South Florida highway near Naples, as a small plane crashed and burst into flames, resulting in two fatalities.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the incident occurred Friday afternoon, with three of the five passengers aboard managing to escape the wreckage.

The aircraft, a Bombardier Challenger 600, was en route from Ohio State University Airport to Naples when it encountered severe difficulties.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the plane crashed onto the highway around 3:15 p.m., striking a vehicle which led to the fiery aftermath.

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Naples Airport Authority spokesperson Robin King detailed that the pilot had declared an emergency, reporting the loss of both engines before contact was lost.

Witnesses captured dramatic footage of the moment the plane erupted into flames, underscoring the severity of the crash. Efforts to extinguish the blaze included dispatches from Naples Airport, sending fire trucks equipped with special foam to the scene.

Despite the quick response, the crash claimed the lives of two passengers, with the conditions of the three survivors remaining uncertain.

The incident prompted significant traffic disruptions, with southbound lanes of Interstate 75 closed at mile marker 111 and northbound closures at marker 105. Local law enforcement has been instrumental in managing the scene and assisting with traffic control.

The FAA, together with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), is set to conduct a thorough investigation into the crash. The NTSB has already deployed investigators to the site, with a preliminary report expected within the next 30 days.

With information from CBS News

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