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 crashednear 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.
Had a plane just land RIGHT in front of us on I-75 pic.twitter.com/z6lSVkc9JV
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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.