CORONA, Calif. — Nobody was injured when a small plane landed on a California freeway, sparking a blaze, authorities said Tuesday.
According to KABC-TV, the incident occurred about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday on state Route 91 near Lincoln Avenue in Corona. The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Piper PA-32 carrying two people was headed to Corona Municipal Airport when the plane began to have engine trouble, The Associated Press reported. Video footage from the scene showed the aircraft make an emergency landing on the freeway’s eastbound lanes, clipping a Toyota Tundra, striking a sound wall and catching fire, The Press-Enterprise reported.
The California Highway Patrol said nobody was hurt, including the three people aboard the truck and two people on the plane.
Andrew Cho, who identified himself as the pilot and co-owner of the plane, told The Press-Enterprise that the plane’s engine had lost power, preventing him from reaching the airport.
“There was an empty spot (on the freeway), so we went for that,” Cho, 54, told the newspaper.
The FAA is investigating the crash. No further information was immediately available.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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