At least two people were killed in a charter plane crash on Interstate 75 in Collier County, Florida on Friday after losing both engines right before its scheduled landing at Naples Airport.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a Bombardier Challenger jet 600 travelling from Ohio crashed on I-75 near Naples at around 3:21pm with five people reportedly on board.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) confirmed two known fatalities and said that 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 9:15am on Friday and landed in Columbus, Ohio at 11:57am.
They said that the plane left Columbus at 1:02pm and the flight’s tracking stopped right before it crashed.
Officials confirmed it was supposed to land in Naples and head back to Fort Lauderdale at 3:30pm.
The plane was approximately 250 feet in the air when it crashed after losing both engines according to audio from the Air Traffic Control.
The plane was cleared to make an emergency landing and was less than a minute away from landing.
Earlier, troopers had advised drivers to avoid the area and seek an alternative route.
However, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced the northbound lanes of I-75 have reopened while the Southbound lanes remain closed.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) oversee 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 fly you on a private plane to your destination.