RAW: Plane crashes on L.A. highway

Posted at 1:32 PM, Jun 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-30 13:32:22-04

(RNN) - A small plane crashed and caught fire on Interstate 405, short of the runway at John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA, near Los Angeles. KACB is reporting that two people were injured.

The twin-engine Cessna 310 went down about 9:30 a.m. local time. Orange County Fire Captain Larry Kurtz told KABC that two people were injured and taken by helicopter to a helicopter. He did know say the extent of the injuries. He did say the victims were both in their 60s and were showing vital signs when they were taken out of the plane.

"The fact that no one else was injured was fortuitous," Kurtz told KTLA. 

The airport is located next to the interstate, and the plane crashed in the southbound lane just short of the runway. The freeway closed in both directions because wreckage scattered over lanes in both directions.

The southbound lane is still closed, with many vehicles at a standstill. The northbound lane re-opened within about 30 minutes.

The airport was closed to arrivals nut planes never stopped departing.

Video of burning plane taken by motorist stopped on the highway:

There is no information on why the plane crashed. No vehicles on the freeway were struck at all. Kurtz said the wreckage will stay right where it is until an investigation by federal authorities is completed. The FAA and the Transportation Safety Board will both be involved in the investigation, KTLA reported.

The plane is registered to a Santa Ana company called Twin Props, according to KTLA.

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