Two people, a man and a woman in their late 50s to early 60s, who were on board, were injured and have been hospitalized with traumatic injuries. Both patients “had vitals” when they were removed from the plane. Multiple vehicles were struck by the plane or its wreckage but no other victims in the accident.
Crashed Cessna 310 plane
“Any time you have a plane that crashes onto a freeway, the potential for great loss of life and great injury exists. It was extraordinary that all the issues we had were the passengers of the aircraft,” Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said. The plane hit the freeway’s center divider and caught fire. After the first collision with the freeway, it went into the right wall on the southbound side. Debris were all over the freeway. An off-duty fire captain on his way to vacation with his family helped save the pair from the plane. Nearly 40 firefighters responded. The pilot announced “mayday” before the crash. He said “had lost my right engine.” The airfield at John Wayne was closed to arrivals between 9:46 a.m. and 10:14 a.m., but departures were not affected. A CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team was sent to the freeway to investigate. A Cessna 310 plane can carry six people.