I-75 charter plane crash in Florida kills two of five passengers on board

I-75 charter plane crash in Florida kills two of five passengers on board. —X/@nomandatesco

At least two people died Friday in a charter plane crash on Interstate 75 in Collier County, Florida, after losing both engines just before its scheduled landing at Naples Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a Bombardier Challenger 600 plane traveling from Ohio crashed on I-75 near Naples around 3:21 p.m. with five people on board.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) confirmed two known deaths and said three people survived the crash. However, it is unknown if they were injured. NBC News reported.

Naples air traffic controllers revealed that the plane left Fort Lauderdale at 9:15 a.m. Friday and landed in Columbus, Ohio at 11:57 a.m.

They said the plane left Columbus at 1:02 p.m. and flight tracking stopped just before it crashed.

Officials confirmed he was supposed to land in Naples and return to Fort Lauderdale at 3:30 p.m.

The plane was approximately 250 feet in the air when it crashed after losing both engines, according to Air Traffic Control audio.

The plane was cleared to make an emergency landing and was less than a minute away from landing.

Police had previously advised drivers to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

However, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced that the northbound lanes of I-75 have reopened while the southbound lanes remain closed.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are monitoring this investigation and will continue to provide updates.

The plane was owned by a charter company called Hope a Jet Worldwide Jet Charter. Officials said anyone can book a flight and pilots will take them on a private plane to their destination.

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