A devastating incident unfolded on Friday afternoon as a small plane crashed onto a Florida highway near the affluent enclave of Naples, resulting in at least two fatalities, authorities confirmed.
The aircraft, described as a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet, went down on Interstate 75 in Naples at approximately 3:15 p.m. ET, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Unfortunately, the Florida Highway Patrol reports that the plane’s collision with a vehicle during the crash increased the incident’s severity.
Three people survived the crash despite the terrifying conditions; nonetheless, the Naples Airport has verified that their current condition of health is unknown. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the FAA both launched investigations into the disaster when the FAA revealed that five people were on the tragic aircraft.
The flight left from Ohio State University Airport in Columbus, Ohio, according to the NTSB. The pilot may have radioed an emergency about a dual engine failure as the aircraft approached the Naples airport, according to preliminary NTSB reports.
Following the collision, a massive fire and a huge cloud of black smoke that could be seen from the scene of the accident rising into the sky revealed a sight of disaster.