IRVINE (CBSLA.com) — A plane has reportedly crashed on the southbound 405 Freeway north of MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine.
The Cessna 310 crash landed on the northbound lanes just after 9:30 a.m. and burst into flames. The 405 Freeway was initially closed in both directions at MacArthur due to debris on the roadway.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the plane crashed in the northbound lanes and came to rest on the southbound side.
John Wayne Airport was down to arrivals in the aftermath of the crash, but was reopened to arrival traffic just before 10:30 a.m.. Departing flights have not been affected.
Two people were on board the plane, a man and a woman. John Wayne Airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson said they both survived the crash and have been taken to a hospital.
“Information that we have is that their injuries were not life threatening and they were transported to hospitals,” she said.
Thompson said she was not aware of any injuries on the ground.
Miles Madison said he was driving near the airport and witnessed the crash.
“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,” Madison said.
The unusual sight made him stop his car on an overpass and get out with his camera.
“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.
A statement from the FAA said that the crash occurred under unknown circumstances, short of Runway 20R and that FAA inspectors are en route to the scene.
The crash happened Friday morning, just as the Fourth of July holiday travel rush is getting underway.
This is a breaking news report and will be updated as information comes in.