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Investigation into plane crash on I-75 continues

By NATHAN MAYBERG - | Feb 12, 2024

A plane crash on I-75 near Naples and the Pine Ridge Road exit, killed two people Friday. Three of the five occupants of the plane survived after the plane collided with two vehicles on the southbound lanes. PHOTO PROVIDED BY FHP

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate a plane crash on I-75 near Naples Friday that resulted in the death of the pilot and co-pilot.

The deceased were identified by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office as pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, of Oakland Park, Florida; and second-in-command Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65, of Pompano Beach, Florida.

There were three survivors from the plane including crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans, 27, of Jupiter, Florida; and passengers Aaron Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23, both of Columbus, Ohio. Survivors were transported to an area hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The plane collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck and a 2023 Nissan Armada SUV. The driver of the pickup truck, a 48-year-old from Naples, sustained minor injuries. The three occupants of the Nissan Armada, all from Massachusetts, were uninjured.

According to published reports, the plane originated from Ohio.

The NTSB is requesting anyone with video of the crash on Interstate 75 at mile marker 106, contact the NTSB via the following email address: Witness@NTSB.gov. The agency does not need photo or video after the crash.

The crash closed the southbound lanes of I-75 and northbound lanes near Pine Ridge Road between exits 105 and Exit 107 in Collier County Friday afternoon. Northbound traffic was opened as of 7:40 p.m. Friday night. The southbound lanes reopened Sunday evening.

A photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol showed large plumes of smoke rising over the highway after the crash.