Plane Lands On 405 Freeway, Short Of John Wayne Airport Runway

Small plane crashes on I-405 at John Wayne Airport

Small plane crashes on I-405 at John Wayne Airport

The two people on board, a man, and woman in their 50's and 60's were hospitalized.

The northbound lane reopened about 30 minutes after the crash.

Captain Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority told KABC that the plane clipped a auto on the freeway immediately before crashing, but the occupants of the vehicle were not hurt. The airport said the pilot called mayday, mayday to the tower just 11 seconds after takeoff.

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Law enforcement officials closed the roadway in both directions as they spent the next several hours rounding up herds of pigs. Some went as far as three or four miles away from the scene of the crash before being ushered back by police.

The captain said two people aboard the plane - one male and one female - suffered traumatic injuries and were transported by helicopter to a hospital. It is unclear if the injured parties were on the plane or drivers on the freeway. Wreckage from the plane is scattered on both sides of the freeway. Video shows moment of impact when small plane crashes on 405 Freeway in Southern California. Witness Cassie Corsaro said immediately after the crash, she saw bystanders rush to the scene. The airfield is closed to arrivals, but departures are not affected.

No other vehicles on the freeway were struck, Kurtz said. The 405 Freeway was initially closed in both directions at MacArthur due to debris on the roadway.

The investigation is expected to cause major traffic flow problems for the already-busy Fourth of July weekend.

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