A Cessna 310 crash landed onto the 405 Freeway near the John Wayne Airport on Friday morning, sending smoke high above Santa Ana and forcing the current closure of the freeway in both directions.
It appears as if the plane is on the southbound side of the freeway near the MacArthur Boulevard exit.
Reports and eyewitnesses say the Cessna 310 aircraft landed on the freeway short of the runway shortly after 9:30AM. The airfield is currently closed to arrivals, but departures are not affected.
Video recorded from a inside a vehicle traveling the freeway shows black smoke billowing from the wreckage, with flames rising in the area of the median along the freeway.
Debris has covered the freeway. Two people were taken out of the plane, according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic log.
The Federal Aviation Administration says the official record for the plane’s tail number indicated it was a 1975 fixed-wing Cessna 310R registered to a Santa Ana company called Twin Props.