Santa Ana, California – A small twin-engine plane dropped out of the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport Friday morning, injuring the two people aboard but clipping only one passing vehicle, a fire official said.
The Cessna 310 aircraft crashed on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa around 9:30 a.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.
The pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from the airport and was trying to return when the crash occurred, Gregor said.
So this just happened on the 405 freeway in Orange County near the John Wayne airport… hope pilot is ok pic.twitter.com/GkNxFkEdsJ
— Sandra (@dggrfan) June 30, 2017