Developing: Small plane crashes onto California freeway, causing

Small plane crashes on I-405 at John Wayne Airport

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

A small plane sits on the southbound 405 freeway after crash just short of the John Wayne Aiport runway.

The plane crashed in a ball of flames after clipping a auto short of Runway 20R, Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration said. No one on the ground was injured.




Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from John Wayne airport and was trying to return there when the plane crashed at about 9.35am local time. The wreckage saw strewn across several lanes of the freeway, he said.

The plane crashed into the highway's center divider and shut down traffic going in both directions. It is unclear if the injured parties were on the plane or drivers on the freeway. "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 did say the victims were both in their 60s and were showing vital signs when they were taken out of the plane.

Tina Foster had just left nearby John Wayne Airport when she heard a loud boom, which she initially thought was a vehicle crash. The northbound side is open. The extent of the injuries were not known.

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