Plane crashes onto 405 Freeway outside John Wayne Airport; southbound lanes closed

Brandon Parsons
July 1, 2017

Two people in the aircraft were being treated for major injuries, authorities said.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Orange County Global Medical Center confirmed receiving multiple trauma patients from the crash.

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.

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.

Orange County Fire Captain Larry Kurtz said two people, a man and a woman in their 50s and 60s, were aboard the plane.

The Cessna 310's wreckage was on the southbound freeway near the MacArthur Boulevard exit. The airport said the pilot called mayday, mayday to the tower just 11 seconds after takeoff. The wreckage saw strewn across several lanes of the freeway, he said. The driver in that clipped vehicle told ABC7 that the plane hit the rear end of his truck, which then went out of control. He checked to make sure his passenger was safe before pulling over on the side of the freeway. Two people were injured in the small plane crash. The extent of the injuries were not known.

"We take them as needed", she said.

According to the airport, the airplane landed short of the runway, and the airfield was closed to arrivals.

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