Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 hospitalized

Posted July 01, 2017

IRVINE (CBS) - CBS in Los Angeles is reporting that a plane has crash landed on the Interstate 405 freeway in Irvine. Two people - a man and a woman in their 50s and 60s - were on the plane, which caught fire and produced a tower of smoke that could be seen for miles around by drivers and workers in nearby office buildings. "Someone needed water. They were doing everything that they could to help the people that were hurt", Corsaro said. No one on the ground was injured.

The Cessna 310 had just taken off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County when the pilot declared an emergency and began returning to the airport. The FAA and the Transportation Safety Board will both be involved in the investigation, KTLA reported. Two people were on the six-seater Cessna 310. Arrivals were halted at the airport for about 45 minutes after the crash.

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Images posted on social media showed flames shooting from the aircraft and smoke surrounding it.

Kurtz said the wreckage will stay right where it is until an investigation by federal authorities is completed.

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The plane hit with its nose down and clipped a vehicle, the driver of which suffered only a bruised elbow, according to broadcast reports. The wreckage saw strewn across several lanes of the freeway, he said. Sejah Qamoum, 17, received two staples on her head and was released from the hospital Tuesday, according to KHOU. The 405 Freeway has been closed in both directions at MacArthur due to debris on the roadway.

A passer-by shared a photo of the crash with his followers on Twitter.

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