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Both engines failed,’ stated pilot prior to private jet crash on Florida highway that claimed 2 lives


From the sunny city of NAPLES, Fla. ‍— A‌ tragic plane crash on a Florida highway claimed the lives of ⁤two individuals, identified as the ‌pilot and co-pilot, according⁤ to‍ law enforcement officials who ⁤released ​the information on Saturday afternoon.

The unfortunate victims were named ⁤by⁢ the​ Collier ‍County Sheriff’s Office as ‍Edward Daniel Murphy, a seasoned ⁢pilot of 50 years, ‌and⁤ his co-pilot, Ian⁤ Frederick Hofmann, aged 65. Miraculously, three individuals survived the⁤ crash: crew member​ Sydney Ann Bosmans, 23, and passengers Aaron‍ Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23, both hailing from⁢ Columbus,⁢ Ohio. They were promptly transported to a local hospital‍ to receive treatment for their injuries, though their ⁢current conditions remain undisclosed.

Just moments before the private jet met its fiery end ​on a Florida highway, the pilot ‍had⁤ composedly informed an airport controller that the aircraft “was not ⁤going to ‍make ‍the runway” due to the failure of both engines.

The jet, carrying five⁣ souls, was ‍en route to the airport in Naples when it attempted ⁤an emergency landing on Interstate 75 on ‍Friday afternoon. ​Eyewitnesses recount a horrifying scene as it collided with a vehicle ​— the⁣ wing of the plane dragging a car before violently slamming into a wall.⁢ An explosion ensued, with flames and black ⁤smoke billowing from the⁤ wreckage.

Federal authorities have since initiated an investigation into ​the⁣ crash, which occurred near Naples, ‌just ‌north of where the interstate veers east toward Fort Lauderdale along the infamous Alligator Alley.

The ill-fated plane had ⁤departed from an airport at Ohio State University⁢ in Columbus, ​Ohio, around ⁢1 p.m. It was expected to touch​ down in Naples around the time of⁣ the crash, ⁣according to‍ Naples Airport Authority ⁤spokesperson​ Robin ⁣King. The pilot had contacted the ‌tower to⁢ request an ⁤emergency landing.

“Got that. Emergency. Clear to land. Runway. Two. Three,” the air traffic ⁢controller responded to the pilot, in ⁢audio‌ obtained by The Associated Press.

“We’re ​clear to land, but ⁢we’re not gonna make the runway. We’ve lost both engines,” the pilot replied with ⁣an eerie calmness.

Shortly after, the tower lost ​contact, and‌ airport workers spotted smoke‌ billowing from the interstate just a⁤ few miles away, King added.

King further stated that fire trucks equipped with special ⁢foam were dispatched to the‍ scene, and three of the five people on board were rescued from the wreckage alive.

Brianna ‌Walker, a witness to the crash, saw ​the wing of the plane drag the car in front⁤ of hers and slam into ‌the wall.

“It’s seconds ​that separated us from the car in‍ front of us,” ‌she recounted. ‍”The wing​ pulverized this one⁢ car.”

Walker ⁣and her friend had spotted the plane moments before it hit‌ the highway, allowing her friend ⁣to pull⁢ over⁢ before the⁤ crash.

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

According to​ the FlightAware aircraft tracker, the plane was operated by Hop-a-Jet Worldwide Charter based ⁤in​ Fort⁣ Lauderdale, Florida. The aircraft‌ had⁤ been scheduled to fly back to Fort Lauderdale on Friday afternoon.

Hop-a-Jet announced ⁣on‌ Friday night ⁢that⁣ it had “received confirmed reports⁢ of an accident ⁤involving one of our leased aircraft near Naples” and would dispatch ⁤a team ​to the crash ‌site,‍ as reported ⁣by the Naples Daily News.

“Our immediate concern is for the‍ well-being of our passengers, ‍crew members, and their families,” the statement⁤ read. It didn’t provide further ⁢details of the crash.

A spokesperson for Ohio State University⁢ clarified that the aircraft ‌is not affiliated with the university, ​and they had no‍ additional information⁣ about it.

Federal authorities have stated that⁢ a preliminary report about the⁢ cause of the crash ⁤can be expected in 30 days.

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