Plane Lands On 405 Freeway, Short Of John Wayne Airport Runway

Kristen Gonzales
July 1, 2017

The plane crashed in a ball of flames after clipping a vehicle short of Runway 20R, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Cessna's pilot declared an emergency after taking off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, and tried to return before coming down on the busy highway, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Cessna 310 aircraft burst in to flames on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa around 9:30am on Friday. No one on the ground was injured. The driver in that clipped auto told ABC7 that the plane hit the rear end of his truck, which then went out of control.

The man told KABC that the impact spun the vehicle around and that he saw flames all around.

The fiery crash was captured on cellphone video by a driver and broadcast on local KABC-TV.

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The southbound side of the freeway was closed at MacArthur Boulevard.

It's incredible more people were not injured or killed, really. "Mayday, mayday. I'm trying to make it back to the airport". Both patients "had vitals" when they were removed from the plane, he said.

The airport said it was "currently closed to arrivals but departing flights are not affected".

The freeway was shut down in both directions for a time and the lanes were fully opened about 90 minutes after the crash. The northbound side is open.

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