Dramatic moment plane creates emergency landing on busy highway before plunging into flames
California motorists faced an additional driving challenge when a small plane crashed on the highway Tuesday afternoon.
There were no injuries reported by the California Highway Patrol when the plane landed on Highway 91 in Riverside County at 12:31 p.m., according to KTLA.
Video shows the single-engine plane wobbling as it flew lower and lower until it landed on the highway, skidding to the side of the road as it caught fire.
A dash cam shows an emergency landing attempt turning into a fiery plane crash on Highway 91. The two people on board the small plane were unharmed. For more click here: pic.twitter.com/g2IsYyoHiK
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Witness Edward Pajardo said: “Surprisingly no one else was injured.
“The pilot claimed to have experienced possible engine failure on final landing at Corona City Airport,” said CHP Captain Levi Miller, KTLA reported.
Police said the plane crashed into a truck carrying three people, but no one was injured.
WATCH: On Tuesday, a small plane carrying two passengers #accident-land on a busy South #California highway and burn. No injuries have been reported. pic.twitter.com/djH7QzWQZi
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Pilot Andrew Cho said his plane lost power leading to the decision to make an emergency landing on the highway.
“It’s like a hard bump. Hard to describe,” Cho said. “We were 4-5 feet in the air when the plane came to a complete standstill and hit the ground.”
A small plane that crashed while landing on a California highway was captured on video.
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Cho said he relied on his training when landing the plane.
“Your training begins, and you do the right thing. As long as you don’t panic, you’ll get the best results,” Cho said.
A small plane landed and caught fire on a busy Southern California highway.
California Highway Patrol officials announced that the plane crashed on the eastbound lane of the highway, colliding with a truck carrying three passengers. pic.twitter.com/mYfROlII0Q
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The eastbound lanes of the freeway were closed for several hours until the wreckage was removed.
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The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident.
“Today (we) was very lucky that traffic was clear, and the pilot appeared to have made some good landing maneuvers to avoid what could have been a very bad tragedy,” Miller said. speak.
This article originally appeared in Western Magazine.
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