Two individuals have died after a small airplane crashed right into a automobile whereas making an emergency touchdown in southwest Florida.
Traffic was halted on Interstate 75, close to the Pine Ridge Road exit in Collier County, at about 3.15pm on Friday.
Five individuals have been on board the plane, recognized as a Bombardier Challenger, based on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Eyewitness Brianna Walker advised Reuters information company she noticed the wing of the airplane drag the automotive in entrance of hers and slam right into a wall on the freeway.
“It’s seconds that separated us from the car in front of us,” she mentioned. “The wing pulverised this one car.”
Ms Walker and her pal noticed the airplane moments earlier than it hit the freeway, permitting her pal to drag over earlier than the crash.
She added: “The airplane was over our heads by inches. It took a tough proper and skid throughout the freeway.
“It feels unreal, like a movie. It was seconds between us dying.”
Naples Airport Authority spokesperson Robin King mentioned the airplane had taken off from an airport at Ohio State University in Columbus at about 1pm.
It had been scheduled to land in Naples across the time of the crash, however a pilot contacted the management tower on the airport requesting an emergency touchdown as they’d misplaced each engines.
The tower misplaced contact earlier than airport employees noticed smoke from the interstate, only a few miles away.
Three of the 5 individuals on board have been taken from the wreckage alive.
Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Adam Fisher mentioned he did not instantly know whether or not the 2 lifeless had been passengers on the airplane or have been on the bottom.