Aircraft diverted to Long Beach, Ontario after crash near John Wayne Airport

Aircraft diverted to Long Beach, Ontario after crash near John Wayne Airport

Debris was all over the freeway, and bystanders could be seen stopping to help two people, at least one of whom was lying on the freeway pavement.

The northbound lane reopened about 30 minutes after the crash.

The plane clipped a single vehicle, according to KABC-TV.

Right after taking off from John Wayne, the pilot placed a mayday call, saying he'd lost an engine. The witness said she saw a woman dragging a man from the wreckage. The driver in that clipped auto told ABC7 that the plane hit the rear end of his truck, which then went out of control. Two people were injured in the small plane crash. They show the plane in flames, emergency teams rushing to the scene, and the plane's passengers after they were evacuated.




A small aircraft has crashed onto the 405 Freeway in Irvine, CA, according to multiple local reports. He did not know say the extent of the injuries.

A preliminary statement from a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman indicated the twin-engine Cessna 310 "crashed under unknown circumstances" short of Runway 20R as the aircraft was inbound to John Wayne Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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

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