The pilot of a small plane declared a mayday and told an air traffic controller one engine had failed before the aircraft crashed on a Southern California freeway and burst into flames.
Orange County Fire Captain Larry Kurtz said two people, a man and a woman in their 50s and 60s, were aboard the plane.
The passengers in the plane have been taken to the hospital, according to news reports. The plane was likely trying to land when it went down. The incident occurred near John Wayne Airport.
Emergency responders gather round the crash of a Cessna 310 aircraft on Interstate 405.. They show the plane in flames, emergency teams rushing to the scene, and the plane's passengers after they were evacuated.
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A small plane crash-landed on the 405 Freeway in Santa Ana, California, Friday morning at 9:35 a.m.
Other photographs and video of the wreckage popped up all over Twitter by people stuck in traffic passing the plane. Departing flights have not been affected. He told ABC7 that he was driving on the northbound side of the freeway heading home to Santa Ana when he noticed a plane that appeared out of control, and that's when he started recording.
John Wayne Airport tweeted that the nearby freeway has been closed in both directions "due to debris on the roadway".
According to the airport, the airplane landed short of the runway, and the airfield was closed to arrivals.