Small Plane Crashes on Los Angeles Freeway, 2 Hurt

June 30, 2017 Updated: June 30, 2017

A plane reportedly crashed on the 405 Freeway north of MacArthur Boulevard in Los Angeles, according to reports.

The freeway was closed in both directions after the plane crashed on the northbound lanes at around 9:30 a.m. The aircraft burst into flames.

Two people were on board the plane. A man and a woman were pulled from the plane by an off-duty firefighter, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz told the Los Angeles Times.

John Wayne Airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson told CBS Los Angeles that both were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive.

“Information that we have is that their injuries were not life threatening and they were transported to hospitals,” she said.

A bystander said he saw the incident unfold.

“While I was driving nearby the airport on Red Hill, I heard an urgent call that came across the air traffic control frequencies by a pilot. It was very urgent. You can hear his voice crackling. He says, ‘May Day.’ From that point on the air traffic controller very calmly takes over,” Miles Madison said.

He then stopped his vehicle and recorded the plane’s movement. “I see the aircraft in a position that’s not normal, he’s actually perpendicular to the runway, as if he missed the approach and took an abort to the right,” Madison said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the plane, a Cessna, clipped a car as it crashed.