Two people died And three people were injured this Friday when a Small plane against a vehicle Interstate 75A highway crossing southwest Florida (USA) has caught fire and is closing traffic in both directions.
The accident occurred around 3.15 pm local time when the jet was taking off Bombardier Challenger 600taken from Columbus (Ohio) bound Naples (Florida), permission requested Emergency landing At the airport of this city, in an infected state Failure on both engines.
The Control tower Lost contact with the aircraft and crashed on the highway near the exit Pine Ridge Rd It contains Collier County, a few km from the airport. In his downfall, The plane crashed into a car The road caught fire, creating a huge plume of black smoke that could be seen from a distance.
Briana WalkerAn eyewitness to the crash told local media that the plane exploded after its wing hit the car in front of it.
“It was a scene from a movie, very surreal. The plane passed inches above our heads and then plunged down the road. It exploded and burst into flames. “We were seconds away from dying,” he said.
As reported Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, in English), There were five people on board.Three people were rescued alive by the fire brigade which rushed to the spot with trucks equipped with special foam.
Collier County Sheriff's spokesman Adam Fisher confirmed two deaths, but He did not say whether they were in the plane or the vehicle.
The company owns the aircraft Hop-A-Jet Worldwide CharterBasically Fort Lauderdale (Florida), had no comment on the matter.
A spokesperson Ohio State University, They said that the flight was not connected to the university from whose airport the flight took off and they had no information about it.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
An NTSB team has assembled at the crash site, and others are expected to join this Saturday. The aircraft will be taken to a safe location for inspection. A preliminary report is expected to be ready in a month.
Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were closed and drivers were urged to find alternate routes.
The crash comes a week after another small plane crashed into a mobile home park Clear waterOn the west coast of Florida.
Pilot of aircraft, single engine Beechcraft Bonanza V5An engine failure was reported before plowing into a mobile home park Bayside Waters Mobile Home Park February 2nd around 7:15pm local time.
Images broadcast on local television and social media showed the scene of the crash burning. Four houses were damaged in the fire.
The crash happened around 7:00pm local time (00:00 GMT Friday), shortly after the nearest airport. St. Pete-Clearwater receiving a emergency call From the plane, engine problems were reported.
A fire department official said, Three houses were burnt And the fourth plane made a direct hit. The remaining park residents were evacuated from their homes unharmed.
(With information from Associated Press and AFP)
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