Heartstopping moment three survivors run from exploding private jet that crashed on Florida freeway, as two killed are identified as pilot, 50, and his co-pilot
Dramatic footage shows the moment three survivors ran from a private jet explosion in Florida that killed the plane’s two pilots.
Crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans, 23, was filmed with passengers Aaron Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23, fleeing the fiery inferno after it crashed on Friday.
Pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, and second in command Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65, were killed when the jet’s engines failed and it crashed on I-75 outside Naples.
Video captured by passing motorist Kyle Cavaliere showed large plumes of smoke rising from the wreckage moments after the plane went down.
“It landed on a car too,” Cavaliere exclaimed as he approached. As he approaches, large flames can be seen as well as debris strewn across the road.
Survivors of private jet crash in Florida filmed running for their lives after it explodes on I-75
Crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans (23) narrowly escaped the wreck along with passengers Aaron Baker (35) and Audra Green (23).
Their plane crashed on the side of the busy highway on Friday after a twin engine failure
Crew member Sydney Ann Bosmans narrowly escaped with her life. She is listed as working as a flight attendant for Hop-a-Jet, the company that owns the plane.
The video then cuts to another angle to reveal three people running away from the jet.
“Is there anyone else in there?” Cavaliere asked as he ran to help.
“Yes, yes our pilots!” one of the survivors shouted back. Caveliere then asks if they are alive and the woman replies she doesn’t know.
The angry survivors then start asking to use his phone as the clip ends.
The pilots reported dual engine failures shortly before the crash in a confrontational call to air traffic control.
The plane was just one minute away from making an emergency landing at Naples airport – but another moment of audio reveals how its pilot already knew they wouldn’t make it.
According to FlightAware data, the flight to Naples Airport was from Ohio State University Airport, although the college says the plane was simply using its facilities and did not have a connection to the university itself.
The plane belonged to Hop-a-Jet, a private charter company in Florida, and was not related to the university.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office named pilot Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, and second in command Ian Frederick Hofmann, 65 (pictured) as victims of the crash
The private plane crashed into cars on a major highway, causing a massive explosion and killing two of the five people on board.
The company said it had “received confirmed reports of an accident involving one of our leased aircraft near Naples” and that it would send a team to the crash site.
“Our immediate concern is for the well-being of our passengers, crew members and their families,” it said.
Bosmans is listed as a graduate of the Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Training school and her Linkedin says she works for Hop-a-Jet.
The Federal Aviation Authority closed all southbound lanes for 24 hours while it investigated the crash.
One FAA investigator was already on the scene with more to arrive over the weekend. A preliminary report was to be submitted in 30 days.
Police and emergency responders flooded the scene and state officials did not open the northbound lanes until four hours after the crash.