2 dead in twin-engine plane crash on I-75
Federal Aviation Administration officials confirmed five people were on board the plane
Two people are dead after a twin-engine plane crashed on Interstate 75 near mile marker 107 (Pine Ridge Road) in Collier County, a Collier County Sheriff’s Office official said.
Federal Aviation Administration officials confirmed five people were on board the plane, a Bombardier Challenger 600, that was headed for Naples Airport.
At around 3:15 p.m. Friday, a large plume of smoke was seen coming from the plane crash near mile marker 107 on a Florida 511 camera.
Naples Airport Director of Communications Robin King said the plane left Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, at roughly 1 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Naples at about 3:15 p.m.
“On the approach to the airport, according to the air traffic controllers, they reported that both the engines had gone out and we don’t know exactly what that means,” King told WINK News. “We just know that they radioed in and said both engines had gone out and we lost contact. We do know that there were five people on board. We know that three of them got out of the aircraft and that’s all we know about that situation. ”
Benjamin Johnson, assistant vice president of media and public relations for Ohio State, said the plane isn’t affiliated with the university.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, an FAA spokesman said. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide any updates.
An unknown number of vehicles on I-75 were also involved in the crash.
The sheriff’s office recommends southbound drivers get off on Exit 105/Golden Gate Parkway. Northbound traffic should take Exit 107/Pine Ridge Road to get off of I-75.
I-75 will be closed for at least 24 hours, FAA officials said.
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