A private jet carrying five passengers crashed on a highway in southwest Florida in the United States this Friday, killing two people, according to authorities.
The accident occurred around 3:00 pm (20:15 GMT) on Interstate 75 near Naples, the United States Aeronautics Authority (FAA) said in a statement.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, where the crash occurred, confirmed in a statement that two of the five passengers aboard the affected plane, a Bombardier Challenger 600, died.
The three remaining people managed to successfully exit the plane, Naples airport press officer Robin King said in a statement sent to AFP.
It is not yet known whether the plane hit any car on the road or not.
This was the crash of a private jet on a Florida highway
In images broadcast by local media, you can see how the burning equipment emits thick clouds of black smoke from the highway side.
Just before the crash, the pilot radioed the Naples airport control tower requesting an emergency landing, King said in his statement.
An air traffic controller immediately authorized the maneuver after the pilot explained that the plane’s two engines had stopped working. However, it could not reach the runway of the air terminal and hence tried to land on the highway.
According to airport staff, the jet was flying from Ohio to Naples. The FAA is investigating the circumstances of what happened.
Last week, a small plane crashed into a mobile home park in the state’s northwest, killing three people.