Update: Two individuals have tragically lost their lives following a plane crash and subsequent fire on a Florida highway Friday afternoon, as confirmed by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
FlightAware data indicates that the aircraft departed from The Ohio State University Airport at 1:02 p.m. and was en route to Naples Airport.
A Bombardier Challenger 604 jet crashed and ignited on Interstate 75 around mile marker 105 near Naples, Florida.
The plane was in the process of landing at Naples Airport, Florida (APF), when it communicated that both engines had failed and it couldn’t reach the runway.
Video footage provided to Channel3 NOW depicts the jet, resembling a private plane, engulfed in flames near mile marker 107 in the Naples vicinity.
Collier County: Small jet bursts into flames after crashes on I-75 near Naples. At least five individuals aboard the aircraft. Eyewitnesses have reported that out of the five occupants, only three managed to escape.https://t.co/23mCXqgah6 pic.twitter.com/ggrOy5cyDE— Channel3 Now (@channel3nownews) February 9, 2024
Florida Highway Patrol reported that the aircraft was trying to land on the southbound lanes of the highway when it collided with a vehicle and ignited.
Firefighters present at the scene have verified that there were five individuals aboard the aircraft. Eyewitnesses have reported that out of the five occupants, only three managed to escape.
Dispatch data indicates that authorities closed all lanes of the freeway near exit 105 while responding to the incident.
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.