Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing on Florida Road

A small plane had to make an emergency landing on a busy road in Florida, causing traffic chaos and leaving two people dead.

What happened?

The plane, a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet, was flying from Ohio to Naples on Friday afternoon, when it ran out of fuel and lost both engines. The pilot contacted the tower and requested an emergency landing, but lost contact shortly after. The plane then crashed into a vehicle on Interstate 75, near the Pine Ridge Road exit in Collier County, and slid into a fence. A massive plume of black smoke rose into the air, and debris was scattered on the roadway.

Who was on board?

The plane had five people on board, including the pilot and four passengers. Three of them were rescued from the wreckage alive, and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other two, however, died at the scene. Their identities have not been released yet. No one on the ground was injured, according to the authorities.

How did the witnesses react?

The crash-landing was captured on video by a bystander, who was a passenger in a car driving on the highway. The video showed the plane flying past cars before hitting the ground and bursting into flames. The witness said the plane was over their heads by inches, and that it took a hard right and skidded across the highway. Another witness, who was driving behind the car that was hit by the plane, said the wing of the plane dragged the car and slammed it into a wall. She said it was seconds that separated them from death, and that it felt unreal, like a movie.

What is the investigation status?

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash. The NTSB is leading the investigation, and will examine the plane’s maintenance records, flight data, and cockpit voice recorders. The FAA said the plane was operated by Hop-a-Jet Worldwide Charter, based in Fort Lauderdale. The company did not respond to requests for comment. The plane had taken off from an airport at Ohio State University, which said the aircraft was not affiliated with the university.

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