Small plane crashes on 405 freeway outside Los Angeles

Small plane crashes on 405 freeway outside Los Angeles

The plane crashed into the highway's center divider and shut down traffic going in both directions.

Orange County Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said the two people aboard the plane - a man and woman in their 50s and 60s - were taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries. The plane was likely trying to land when it went down.

Tina Foster had just left nearby John Wayne Airport when she heard a loud boom, which she initially thought was a auto crash.

As you'd imagine, there's been all kinds of video of the plane crash and the subsequent wreckage posted to social media.

A small airplane crashed on the 405 Freeway in Orange County, California, near the John Wayne Airport on Friday morning around 9:30 a.m., injuring two people.

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Drivers stopped to help the people out of the plane.

"Spun around, had a passenger in there, saw flames all around us, thought at first it was just a big rig that hit us", the driver told ABC 7.

California Highway Patrol said that the plane clipped the vehicle of an off-duty fire captain as it was coming down, though the captain was not injured, KCBS reported. He checked to make sure his passenger was safe before pulling over on the side of the freeway.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane crashed just short of an airport runway. The airfield was closed to arrival flights for a period of time but has now returned to full operation.

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