The plane caught alight as it crashed
Two people were hurt after a small plane crashed on a motorway near an airport close to Los Angeles in southern California.
The Cessna 310 aircraft burst in to flames on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa around 9:30am on Friday.
Nobody was seriously hurt in the crash
Orange County Fire Captain Larry Kurtz said two people, a man and a woman in their 50s and 60s, were aboard the plane.
They were pulled out of the burning wreckage before being taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Emergency services were quickly at the scene
The aircraft clipped a car as it came crashing down in a fireball but the driver escaped with a bruised elbow.
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 aircraft crashed on a busy road in Los Angeles
The airfield was closed to arrivals after the crash.
Video showed long tailbacks of traffic along the interstate as fire crews worked to extinguish the flames.
The crash caused long traffic jams
Photos posted on social media showed flames shooting out of the front of the aircraft and smoke surrounding the plane.


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