Naples, Fla. – The Collier County Sheriff's Office has identified the two people killed in a Naples plane crash on I-75, along with the survivors.
CCSO says Edward Daniel Murphy, 50, of Oakland Park, Florida, was the pilot and Ian Hoffman, 65, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was the co-pilot. They said the twin engine failed moments before the crash on the highway.
Three people survived: Sydney Ann Bosmans, 27, of Jupiter, Florida, along with two passengers, Aaron Baker, 35, and Audra Green, 23, both of Columbus, Ohio. The injured were treated at a local hospital.
Ian's family gave Fox 4 a statement about their loved one's death.
“We will always remember his last moments, calmly talking to ATC, trying to save passengers and crew in a desperate emergency at low altitude where he lost both engines,” the family said in a statement to Fox 4. .
“The family is in shock and devastated, but we want to express our gratitude for the heartfelt support we have received,” the family said in a statement to Fox 4. “We know our father died a hero to save all he could. We ask for prayers during this difficult time.”
Christopher Fox told 4 his father lived in Pompano Beach with his wife.
She said her father was “a hero who was able to land the plane and save the lives of the passengers and the flight attendant”.
A step GoFundMe Family-run, Ian has more than 40 years of experience and 25,000 hours with Piedmont, US Airways and two years at Hop-A-Jet.
Ian is survived by his wife Christina, ex-wife Joan Mathis, and his children Grant, Chris, Reid and Grace.
Coverage of the fatal I-75 plane crash