Statement from Friends of Naples Municipal Airport regarding Friday’s jet crash on I-75

February 19, 2024

Friends of Naples Municipal Airport, a nonprofit community organization that supports the city’s only public-use airport, mourns the loss of the pilot and copilot who perished on Friday performing an emergency landing near Naples’ airport, and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured crew member, passengers and motorists.

As the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the cause of this accident, we want to emphasize that such accidents involving general aviation aircraft are uncommon.

According to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the overall total accident rate for 2021 (the most recent year for which data is available) was 4.28 per 100,000 hours, with fatalities occurring at a rate of just 0.77 per 100,000 hours. Both rates showed a steady decline over the preceding decade.

“The flying public should have the utmost confidence that such tragic accidents like the recent emergency landing on Interstate 75 are exceedingly rare,” said Stephen Myers, CAM, an FAA-certified pilot, executive vice president of Elite Jets, and president of the Friends of Naples Municipal Airport.