Plane Crash Lands Directly Into Traffic on LA Freeway and Bursts Into Flames

Airplane Crashes Into Freeway

California plane lands on busy freeway near Los Angeles, ignites after crashing into truck – USA TODAY

In what appears to be a fiery scene out of a movie, a small plane had to make an emergency landing directly into traffic on a Los Angeles freeway and almost immediately crashed into traffic and then exploded into flames.  Miraculously the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

A single-engine plane carrying a pilot and one passenger crashed on the 91 Freeway after an engine malfunction, colliding with a moving truck on landing and then igniting into flames. The two people inside the plane escaped unharmed.

The pilot said his training allowed him to land semi-successfully in traffic, and he didn’t panic. The pilot of a single-engine Piper Cherokee PA-32 had an unspecified “engine issue” while flying to Corona Municipal Airport but made a good landing.

Single engine small craft planes are known for their ability to coast for quite some time before losing the ability to choose a landing spot; this pilot must have had very few options to pick a busy freeway as a landing site; at least he was able to pick the right direction for his landing.

Watch the video of this shocking crash:


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