Two Dead After Small Plane Crashes and Bursts Into Flames on Florida Highway

The aircraft was approximately 250 feet in the air when it crashed less than a minute from the runway, according to reports

<p>WPLG Local 10</p> Photo from the crash scene

WPLG Local 10

Photo from the crash scene

A jet carrying five crashed on a Florida highway, leaving two people dead after it exploded in flames.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that the Bombardier Challenger 600 jet crashed on Highway I-75 near Naples around 3:15 p.m. on Friday. The jet had departed from The Ohio State University Airport at 1:02 p.m. and was scheduled to land at Naples Airport at 3:12 p.m., according to FlightAware.

According to the Associated Press, the small plane collided with a car after crashing onto the highway while attempting to make an emergency landing.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told PEOPLE that preliminary information shows that the pilot radioed that the airplane had a "dual engine failure" on approach into the Naples airport.

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Per WBBH-TV, the plane was approximately 250 feet in the air when it crashed less than a minute from the runway.

Brianna Walker, who was driving on the highway at the time of the crash, told the Associated Press that she witnessed the wing of the plane drag the car in front of her.

<p>WPLG Local 10</p>

WPLG Local 10

"It's seconds that separated us from the car in front of us. The wing pulverized this one car. The plane was over our heads by inches. It took a hard right and skid across the highway," she told the news organization. "It feels unreal, like a movie. It was seconds between us dying."

There were two confirmed fatalities from the crash, according to the Collier County Sheriff's Department. PEOPLE has reached out to the department for comment.

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As of Friday night, all southbound lanes on the highway remained closed, and all northbound lanes on I-75 between mile marker 105 (Golden Gate Parkway) and mile marker 111 (Immokalee Road) were reopened.

The sheriff's department advised travelers to expect delays and find alternate routes when traveling southbound. The FAA is collaborating with the NTSB to investigate the crash.

The NTSB told PEOPLE that an investigator arrived at the crash scene Friday, and "several more" are expected to arrive on Saturday.

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"They will document the scene and examine the aircraft. The aircraft will then be recovered to a secure facility for further evaluation," the NTSB told PEOPLE.

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