A small plane crash-landed on a freeway in Orange County, California, on Friday (June 30) morning, critically injuring two people on board and snarling traffic on a major north-south artery through the area.
A Cessna 310 hit the southbound 405 freeway and burst into flames about 1,000 feet from a runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from the airport and was trying to return there when the plane crashed at about 9:35 a.m. local time (1635GMT).
Captain Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority said the plane clipped a car on the freeway immediately before crashing, but the occupants of the vehicle were not hurt.
The freeway, the main north-south route through southern Orange County, was shut in both directions for about an hour before the northbound side and one southbound lane were reopened. Still, traffic remained backed up for miles in both directions for hours after the incident.