2 hurt when plane crashes on CA freeway

Emergency responders gather round the crash of a Cessna 310 aircraft on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, Calif., Friday, June 30, 2017. Two people were injured in the small plane crash. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)


LOS ANGELES (AP) – A small plane was trying to return to a Southern California airport after declaring an emergency when it crashed on a busy freeway, erupting into a ball of flames and smoke.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the pilot declared an emergency Friday morning shortly after taking off from John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa.

He says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the plane fell from the sky and crashed on Interstate 405.

Video posted on social media showed the plane completely engulfed in flames and strewn across several lanes of the freeway. Traffic was backed up for several miles as firefighters worked to battle the blaze.

Orange County Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz says the two people who were aboard the plane suffered traumatic injuries.

Flame and smoke erupt from a twin-engine prop jet after it crashed on Interstate 405, just short of the runway at John Wayne Orange County Airport, in Costa Mesa, Calif., Friday, June 30, 2017. Officials said two people have been injured and will be taken by helicopter to a hospital. The freeway was shut down in both directions. (Rafi Mamalian via AP)
This photo provided by the Orange County Fire Authority shows firefighters standing by the wreckage of a twin-engine prop jet after it crashed on Interstate 405, just short of the runway at John Wayne Orange County Airport, in Costa Mesa, Calif., Friday, June 30, 2017. Officials said two people were injured and were taken by helicopter to a hospital. The freeway was shut down in both directions. (Orange County Fire Authority via AP)

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