IRVINE – A small, twin-engine plane crash-landed on the I-405 freeway at MacArthur Boulevard Friday morning, June 30, according to the California Highway Patrol Log.
The six-seat plane, which became “fully engulfed” according to the CHP, had two passengers; their conditions were unknown. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene.
The plane came to a stop next to the concrete divider between the freeway lanes and the exit lanes leading to John Wayne Airport.
Video of the wreckage, taken shortly after the crash by OnScene.TV, shows the airplane’s cockpit and front section in flames and people spraying away with extinguishers to little effect.
John Way Airport tweeted it was a Cessna 310 that landed on the soutbound side of the freeway, short of the runway. The Cessna 310 was registered two days ago, June 28, to a limited-liability corporation in Santa Ana, according to FAA records of the plane’s tail number. That company couldn’t immediately be reached.
The CHP got the call at 9:36 a.m.
Traffic was backing up on the 405. The southbound lanes were shuttered, although the northbound lanes remained open.
The airfield was closed to arrivals for a short time, with four flights diverted to Ontario International Airport before JWA started accepting arrivals again; at least one has re-fueled and circled back to John Wayne with the other three expected to do the same. One flight was diverted to Long Beach Airport.
Dozens of police cars and fire trucks and ambulances filled the southbound lanes, as northbound cars drove slowly past the wreckage.
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