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2 confirmed dead after plane goes down on interstate in Florida, hits vehicle

Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Two people are dead and three are injured after a small private plane crashed onto an interstate in Florida on Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration told media outlets a Bombardier Challenger 600 jet carrying five people crashed onto Interstate 75 near Naples Friday afternoon.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office told local news that at least two people were confirmed dead in the fiery crash.

Pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, and second-in-command Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65, died in the crash.

NBC2 reported the Naples Airport Tower was in contact with the plane before it crashed. Air traffic control heard Murph say the plane lost both engines and was two miles away from Naples Airport.

The pilot then was heard to say the plane wouldn't make it.

Three people made it off the plane alive. Crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans, 23, and passengers Aaron Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23, were taken to a local hospital to treat their injuries.

Florida Highway Patrol officers said the plane collided with two vehicles. The driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The plane struck a Nissan Armada SUV, but the three women inside were not injured.

The aircraft was reportedly on its way from Columbus, Ohio, to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport before attempting to make an emergency landing in Naples.

The plane is registered to Fort Lauderdale-based East Shore Aviation LLC, the FAA told local news.

Authorities shut down all lanes on Interstate 75 near exit 105 and asked drivers to avoid the area if possible.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.