dglobalnews.com Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 injured
Published: Sat, July 01, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

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

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

IRVINE (CBS) - CBS in Los Angeles is reporting that a plane has crash landed on the Interstate 405 freeway in Irvine. The airport said the pilot called mayday, mayday to the tower just 11 seconds after takeoff.

Larry Kurtz said the plane had crashed and two people are being hospitalized with traumatic injuries.

A small plane was trying to return to a Southern California airport after declaring an emergency when it crashed on a busy freeway, erupting into a ball of flames and smoke. Witness Cassie Corsaro said immediately after the crash, she saw bystanders rush to the scene.

Officials indicated the plane is a twin-engine Cessna 310.

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The crash occurred at the MacArthur Boulevard exit ramp near John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana as the Cessna 310 arrived for a landing. Original story: The family of a man killed in a wreck that they say was caused by tennis star Venus Williams has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The pickup truck's driver, Blackstone Hamilton, told KCBS-TV he initially though a large truck had slammed into the back of his auto and then saw flames quickly surrounding his vehicle. The driver in that clipped vehicle told ABC7 that the plane hit the rear end of his truck, which then went out of control.

No other vehicles on the freeway were struck, Kurtz said. He checked to make sure his passenger was safe before pulling over on the side of the freeway. The airfield is closed to arrivals, but departures are not affected. Flights are still being allowed to depart.

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