The pilot who died in a fiery plane crash on a Florida highway spent his final moments trying to save passengers and crew

Ian Hoffman was one of the two pilots killed in the plane crash on Friday, from which three people survived



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  • At least two people shared footage they took of Friday’s fatal plane crash on Interstate 75 in Naples, Florida.

  • The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims as 50-year-old Edward Daniel Murphy, of Oakland Park, and 60-year-old Ian Frederick Hoffman, of Pompano Beach.

  • Hoffman’s son said his father had been flying for 40 years and had more than 25,000 hours of experience

Eyewitnesses share photos they took on Friday Fire plane crash On a Florida highway, two people were killed, including a pilot with four decades of experience.

The Bombardier Challenger 600 plane involved in the fatal accident I got off on Interstate 75 near Naples around 3:15 p.m. local time Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Footage of the incident, shared by Alfonso del Nodal with CBS affiliate WINK-TVThe plane is shown descending quickly before crashing near a wall, and cars stop on the side of the road.

Three people can also be seen walking away from the crash site in footage shared by another witness, Kyle Cavalier, via Twitter NBC affiliate WTVJ.

The footage also shows the raging fire resulting from the accident consuming a large portion of the site.

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Three people survived the accident, while the two pilots, Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, of Oakland Park, and Ian Frederick Hoffman, 60, of Pompano Beach, survived the accident. Facebook Posted by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the pilots told air traffic control that the plane “lost both engines.” WTVJ She reported, citing recently released audio. “We can land, but we won’t reach the runway,” he said shortly before contact was lost.

Ian spent his final moments “calmly talking to ATC as he tried to rescue passengers and crew in the face of a desperate emergency,” Chris Hoffman, one of Ian’s four children, said in describing one of Ian’s four children. GoFundMe campaign For his family.

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Chris described his father as “a professional pilot with over 40 years and 25,000 hours of experience,” as well as a “loving father and a charismatic and lovable family man.”

As of publication date Tuesday, nearly $30,000 has been raised through the online fundraiser to support Ian’s family.

Murphy, the second pilot involved in the crash, was also “devoted to his work” and “lived his life doing what made him happy every day,” a family member said. FOX affiliate WFTX-TV.

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They added: “I imagine that his main concern on the day of the accident was the lives of others on that plane.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the accident.

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