Los Angeles Times

Plane crash-lands on 91 Freeway

- By Melissa Hernandez

A small Cessna airplane crash-landed Tuesday on the 91 Freeway in Corona, and the pilot and only passenger were unharmed, authoritie­s said.

According to the Corona Fire Department, the singleengi­ne plane crashed in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near the Buena Vista Avenue underpass around 12:31 p.m. and went up in flames.

The two people onboard were able to escape without injuries, authoritie­s said.

Fire crews quickly put out the fire.

California Highway Patrol Officer Keith Ballantyne told The Times that the plane was attempting to land at Corona Municipal Airport and experience­d a “possible engine failure,” forcing it to make an emergency landing on the freeway.

The plane collided with a Toyota pickup, Ballantyne said.

The truck’s passengers were unharmed.

The Federal Aviation Administra­tion also responded to the incident and will be investigat­ing the crash.

Traffic on the freeway was backed up for hours as a result of lane and offramp closures in response to the crash, the CHP said.

 ?? Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times ?? EASTBOUND LANES on the 91 Freeway were closed Tuesday after a single-engine Cessna carrying a pilot and one passenger crash-landed due to “possible engine failure.” No injuries were reported.
Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times EASTBOUND LANES on the 91 Freeway were closed Tuesday after a single-engine Cessna carrying a pilot and one passenger crash-landed due to “possible engine failure.” No injuries were reported.

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