Tragic Plane Crash Claims Lives of Pilot and Co-Pilot on Florida’s I-75

Identification of Victims and Survivors:

Police authorities have identified the victims and survivors of the plane crash that occurred on a Florida highway, with a Bombardier Challenger 60 plane crashing onto I-75 outside Naples, resulting in two fatalities and three survivors.

Victims Identified:

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has named Pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, and second in command Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65, as the victims of the crash.

Murphy hailed from Oakland Park, Florida, while Hofmann was from Pompano Beach, Florida.

Survivors Named:

Survivors of the crash include crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans, 23, and passengers Aaron Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23.

Bosmans was also from Florida, while Baker and Green were from Columbus, Ohio. All three survivors were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Sequence of Events:

According to reports from Fox4 News, the pilots had reported a dual engine failure just before the crash occurred.

Disturbing air traffic control audio moments before the crash revealed panic and desperation as the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing.

Desperate Attempts and Tragic Outcome:

Despite efforts to communicate with air traffic control and make an emergency landing at Naples Airport, the pilot expressed concern that they wouldn’t make it, citing the loss of both engines.

The plane crashed just 4.7 miles short of the airport, resulting in a fiery wreck captured by passing motorists.

Response and Investigation:

Emergency responders, including police and state troopers, quickly flooded the scene, with the Federal Aviation Authority closing all southbound lanes for 24 hours for investigation.

The company, Hop-a-Jet, which owned the plane, expressed concern for the well-being of passengers, crew members, and their families, promising to send a team to the crash site.

Ongoing Investigation:

The Federal Aviation Authority initiated an investigation into the crash, with one investigator already on the scene and more expected over the weekend.

A preliminary report is due in 30 days, while police and emergency responders continue to manage the aftermath of the tragic incident.

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