(CTN News) – Lanes remain closed on I-75 southbound as officials investigate and clean up a plane crash that occurred on Friday.
Authorities report that two people have been killed in a plane crash on the Interstate in Naples.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), five people were on board the Bombardier Challenger 600 jet when it attempted to make a landing on Interstate 75 near Pine Ridge Road on Friday afternoon.
Following its departure from Ohio State University Airport around 1 p.m., the plane crash was headed to Naples Municipal Airport. According to the FAA, the plane crash was scheduled to land in Naples around 3:15 p.m., despite the fact that the pilot radioed Naples’ Air Traffic Control Tower around 3:10 p.m. to report the emergency.
It has been reported by the FAA that the pilot lost both engines and informed air traffic controllers before making an emergency landing at Naples Airport that he would not be able to reach the runway after he requested an emergency landing.
During landing, the plane crash struck two vehicles, a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck and a 2023 Nissan Armada SUV.
FHP reports that the 48-year-old Naples man driving the truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. According to police, the driver of the SUV, a 66-year-old Massachusetts woman, was not injured.
Two of the passengers in the SUV, an 85-year-old woman from Massachusetts and a 31-year-old woman from Massachusetts, did not suffer any injuries due to the plane crash.
It is believed that five people were on the plane, three of whom were able to evacuate safely.
Approximately 7:40 p.m., the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 were reopened on Friday evening. There is, however, a closure in the southbound lanes, and FHP is asking drivers to avoid the area.
Immokalee Road is the starting point for traffic closures in the southbound lanes, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the lead investigating agency, according to officials. An investigation is still being conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol on scene.