A small plane crashed on Southern California's 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at approximately 9:35 a.m. Friday morning. "Spun around, had a passenger in there, saw flames all around us, thought at first it was just a big rig that hit us", he said.
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the crash happened under "unknown circumstances" and the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from the airport.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Orange County Global Medical Center confirmed receiving multiple trauma patients from the crash.
According to the agency, there were two people aboard the Cessna 310, which erupted into flames when it slammed into the highway just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport.
TWITTERA plane erupted in flames after crash-landing on a major US motorway
It's incredible more people were not injured or killed, really.
The plane clipped a blue pickup truck as it crashed on the freeway, but the driver suffered only a bruised elbow, Kurtz said. All arrivals to John Wayne Airport were closed temporarily but have since reopened, airport officials said.
A preliminary report indicated that the plane crashed on the northbound side of the freeway and ended up on the southbound side, and that two people were removed from the wreckage. Numerous videos show multiple cars on fire and the chaos caused by the crash.