Flaming Plane Crash on 405 in Irvine: Desperate Pilot, Passenger Critical, Massive Traffic Jam
MyNewsLA.com, June 30, 2017 -- A Cessna with engine problems crash-landed on the San Diego (405) Freeway near John Wayne Airport Friday and burst into flames while trying to return to the airport, leaving the pilot and his passenger hospitalized in critical condition.
The plane crashed onto the most heavily traveled freeway in the nation at 9:35 a.m., causing an hours-long traffic nightmare at the outset of the Fourth of July weekend. However, there were no casualties on the ground.
The plane struck the center divider wall and caught fire before hitting the right wall on the southbound side, just north of MacArthur Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol Cmdr. Ryan Shackleford.