Plane bursts into flames as it crashes on California freeway

Plane bursts into flames as it crashes on California freeway

The crash involved a Cessna 310 airplane that landed and burst into flames on the 405 Freeway in the Irvine area, authorities said.

The occupants have traumatic injuries, Orange County fire officials told local ABC station KABC-TV.

No other people on the ground were injured. It is unclear if the injured parties were on the plane or drivers on the freeway.

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- Christian (@TubbyR) June 30, 2017#breaking perspective of 405 Fwy plane crash from @CBSLA viewer, SB lanes of freeway are shut down, pretty chaotic. The witness said she saw a woman dragging a man from the wreckage. I know one guy ran back to his vehicle to grab a bottle of water. They are both being treated by emergency responders. He did not know say the extent of the injuries. The airfield was temporarily closed to arrivals.

The plane was still on the freeway several hours after the crash and investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and John Wayne Airport were said to be en route to the scene. According to records, the last time this plane was in the air was Thursday when it flew from John Wayne to Ontario, then back to John Wayne.

The investigation is expected to cause major traffic flow problems for the already-busy Fourth of July weekend.

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