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Audio captures moment small plane loses both engines before crashing onto Florida highway, killing 2

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Audio captures moment small plane loses both engines before crashing onto Florida highway, killing 2

Chilling audio captured the final moments when a small plane lost both its engines and crashed onto a busy Florida highway near a wealthy Naples enclave, killing two people aboard the aircraft on Friday.

“Hop-A-Jet 823, lost both engines, emergency,” the pilot of the Bombardier Challenger 600 jet relayed to the nearby control tower.

“I’m making an emergency landing. We’re clear to land but we’re not going to make the runway. We’ve lost both engines,” the pilot says before the audio fell silent, with the plane eventually crashing on Interstate 75.

The aircraft, carrying five people on board, had taken off from The Ohio State University Airport in Columbus just after 1 p.m. Friday and was bound for Naples Airport when it reported the engine failure, Naples Airport told WBBH.

As the aircraft fell short of its destination, the pilot seemingly made one last ditch effort to land the plane on the highway but crashed at around 3:15 p.m.

The private jet had struck a car as it landed on Interstate 75 near mile marker 107, approximately 5 miles away from the airport.

Two bystanders watch as a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet is engulfed in flames after it crashed on I-75 in Florida on Friday afternoon.

Two bystanders watch as a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet is engulfed in flames after it crashed on I-75 in Florida on Friday afternoon. Paulina Testerman

Video posted on social media shows the aircraft completely engulfed in flames in the middle of the southbound lane, spewing black smoke as halted drivers look on.

Video posted on social media shows the aircraft completely engulfed in flames in the middle of the southbound lane, spewing black smoke as halted drivers look on. @JobaRobinson via Storyful

Two fatalities have been confirmed, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane’s wing had clipped the vehicle and dragged it in front of another car before veering onto the shoulder and hitting a concrete wall.

“It’s seconds that separated us from the car in front of us,” witness Brianna Walker said. “The wing pulverized this one car.”

“The plane was over our heads by inches,” she added. “It took a hard right and skid across the highway.”

Debris from the crash lies in the median of I-75 as a helicopter flies above in Florida on Friday.

Debris from the crash lies in the median of I-75 as a helicopter flies above in Florida on Friday. @JobaRobinson via Storyful

FDOT cameras captured black smoke rising into the air from the remains of a private jet thhat made an emergency landing on I-75 near Naples, Florida on Friday.

FDOT cameras captured black smoke rising into the air from the remains of a private jet that made an emergency landing on I-75 near Naples, Florida on Friday. AP

Walker said the terrifying experience resembled a dramatic movie scene.

“It feels unreal, like a movie,” she added. “It was seconds between us dying.”

Video posted on social media shows the aircraft completely engulfed in flames in the middle of the southbound lane, spewing black smoke as halted drivers look on.

Cars are lined up on I-75 where the small jet crashed following an emergency landing on Feb. 9, 2024.

Cars are lined up on I-75 where the small jet crashed following an emergency landing on Feb. 9, 2024. FDOT

While the FAA investigated, the area of I-75 around the crash site would be closed for at least 24 hours, the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

While the FAA investigated, the area of I-75 around the crash site would be closed for at least 24 hours, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. AP

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive at the site Saturday to “document the scene and examine the aircraft. The aircraft will then be recovered to a secure facility for further evaluation,” according to Local10.

The plane was manufactured in 2004 and owned by East Shore Aviation LLC, a Fort Lauderdale-based company, according to FAA records.

With Post wires

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