Small plane crashes on 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport; 2 injured

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An ABC7 viewer captured the very moment a small airplane crashed on the 405 Freeway in Orange County on Friday. (KABC)

Two people were injured after a small airplane crashed on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Friday, officials said.

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A witness shared video of the fiery aftermath of a plane crash on the 405 Freeway near the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana on Friday.


The plane, described by the airport and FAA as a twin-engine Cessna 310, crashed around 9:30 a.m., Orange County Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

The captain said two people were injured and will be transported by helicopter to a hospital.

The airport, which is located in Santa Ana, posted on Twitter that the plane landed short of the runway. The airport said the airfield is closed to arrivals.

Eyewitness News viewer Jose Quinteros captured the crash on video. He told ABC7 that he was driving on the southbound side of the freeway heading home to Santa Ana Friday morning. He noticed a plane that appeared out of control, and that's when he started recording.

The airport, which is located in Santa Ana, posted on Twitter that the plane landed short of the runway. The airfield was temporarily closed to arrivals.

The freeway was shut down in both directions at MacArthur due to crash debris. The northbound side was reopened around 10 a.m., the airport confirmed on Twitter.

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