Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 injured

A man runs toward the wreckage of a plane on the 405 Freeway

A small plane crashed and caught fire on Interstate 405, short of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, CA, near Los Angeles.

A small plane carrying two passengers has crashed onto the busy 405 freeway by Irvine, CA earlier today, severely injuring the two passengers of the plane and shutting down southbound traffic on the freeway. It's not clear what caused the plane to crash.

Larry Kurtz said the plane had crashed and two people are being hospitalized with traumatic injuries. The airport was reopened about an hour later.

Drivers stopped to help the people out of the plane. Blackstone Hamilton said the plane clipped the rear of his pickup.


"Essentially tried to get control of my vehicle, checked my passenger to make sure he was OK, gave each other a hug that we were still alive", he said.

Firefighters said two people were injured from the crash.

The pickup truck's driver, Blackstone Hamilton, told KCBS-TV he initially though a large truck had slammed into the back of his auto and then saw flames quickly surrounding his vehicle.

The southbound side of the freeway was closed at MacArthur Boulevard. The extent of the injuries were not known. Police closed the freeway in both directions because wreckage scattered over lanes in both directions. No fatalities were reported. Flights are still being allowed to depart. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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