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Small plane crashes near California airport, 2 people injured

01 July 2017

A twin-engine plane crashed and burst into flames on a California highway Friday, leaving its two occupants with major injuries after the pilot shouted, "Mayday!"

Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the crash happened under "unknown circumstances" and the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off from the airport.

The Cessna clipped the back of truck as it came down, but the vehicle only suffered minor damage and neither the driver nor anyone else on the ground was injured. He checked to make sure his passenger was safe before pulling over on the side of the freeway. ABC7 viewer Jose Quinteros captured the crash on video. Witness Cassie Corsaro said immediately after the crash, she saw bystanders rush to the scene. Two people were injured in the small plane crash. "Someone needed water. They were doing everything that they could to help the people that were hurt", Corsaro said.

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John Wayne Airport tweeted that the nearby freeway has been closed in both directions "due to debris on the roadway".

The airport said it was "currently closed to arrivals but departing flights are not affected". The northbound side is open. He did not know say the extent of the injuries. Numerous videos show multiple cars on fire and the chaos caused by the crash.

Small plane crashes near California airport, 2 people injured