Southbound lanes of I-75 remain closed following plane crash in Naples

NAPLES, Fla. (WWSB) – As of Saturday morning, all southbound lanes of I-75 near the site of a plane crash in Naples are closed.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, southbound I-75 near mile marker 105 and mile marker 111 are closed for investigation and cleanup.

All northbound lanes reopened Friday night.

A two-engine business jet carrying five people from Naples to Fort Lauderdale crashed while trying to make a forced landing on I-75 Friday afternoon, due to engine failure.

According to the FlightAware aircraft tracking website, the plane was operated by Hop-a-Jet Worldwide Charter based in Fort Lauderdale. It took off from an airport at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, at about 1:02 p.m. and was scheduled to land at Naples Airport at 3:12 p.m. After that, the aircraft was scheduled to fly to Fort Lauderdale.

The FAA confirms five people were on board the plane but firefighters have confirmed that only three managed to escape the plane before it caught fire. Two people are confirmed dead.

– Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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