2 dead after plane crashes onto Florida highway and bursts into flames

2 dead after plane crashes onto Florida highway and bursts into flames

Two passengers died when a small plane crashed onto a South Florida highway Friday afternoon, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said. Three people were able to exit the plane, said Robin King, a spokesperson for the Naples Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said there were five passengers aboard the flight.

The FAA confirmed that a Bombardier Challenger 600 carrying five people crashed on the highway near the city of Naples at about 3:15 p.m.

Video footage taken by a witness shows the aircraft burst into flames and a plume of smoke.

"Had a plane just land RIGHT in front of us on I-75," the witness said after posting the video on social media.

Southbound lanes on Interstate 75 were closed at mile marker 111, and northbound lanes are closed at the 105-mile marker, the sheriff's office said. The department is helping with traffic and closures.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, the FAA said.

Kathryn Krupnik contributed reporting.

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