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Collier County plane crash: Southbound I-75 still closed as crews investigate

The plane crash damaged two vehicles driving south on I-75 at the time, highway officials said.
 
Emergency officials work the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 75 in Naples, Fla., near Exit 105, Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. Two people were confirmed dead. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP)
Emergency officials work the scene of a small plane crash on Interstate 75 in Naples, Fla., near Exit 105, Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. Two people were confirmed dead. (Andrew West/The News-Press via AP) [ ANDREW WEST | The News-Press via Associated Press ]
Published Feb. 10

Southbound Interstate 75 lanes in Collier County remained closed Saturday morning as highway officials continued to investigate and clean up the scene of a fatal Friday afternoon plane crash.

Two people were killed when a small plane crashed onto the interstate. The Florida Highway Patrol said the plane landed on southbound I-75 near mile marker 107 at Pine Ridge Road in Naples.

The plane crash damaged two vehicles, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. A 48-year-old Naples man was driving his 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck when the plane crashed nearby. He had minor injuries and responders drove him to an area hospital.

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Also affected were a 66-year-old Massachusetts woman and two female passengers, one 85 and the other 31 years old, who were in a Nissan Armada SUV. Nobody in that car was hurt, highway officials said Saturday.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Adam Fisher confirmed the two deaths to the Associated Press, but said he didn’t immediately know whether the victims had been passengers on the plane or on the ground. Three other people were taken from the wreckage alive, Naples Airport Authority spokesperson Robin King told the AP.

The Highway Patrol is advising drivers in the area going southbound to seek an alternate route. Northbound lanes of I-75 near the site of the crash were open as of Saturday, but highway officials reminded drivers that stopping on the road is not permitted unless a vehicle is broken or somebody needs aid.

The National Transportation Safety Board is the leading the investigation and the Florida Highway Patrol was at the scene of the plane crash Saturday morning to lend assistance.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the plane as a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet and said it crashed about 3:15 p.m. Five people were on board, the FAA said.

The FAA said the plane’s registration number was N823KD. Federal aviation records showed the plane was registered to East Shore Aviation LLC in Fort Lauderdale.