Cessna 310 Crashes On LA Freeway
Both occupants of a twin Cessna survived a crash on the 405 freeway shortly after departure from John Wayne Airport. The pilot reported to the tower that they had lost the right engine and were trying to circle back to the airport (recording from LiveATC.com available below). The tower offered the Cessna right traffic for 20R shortly before the plane crashed northeast of the airport—either on a left base for 20R or right base having overshot the centerline. In the recording, the tower can be heard telling the pilot that his gear is up, and the pilot reports that he’s delaying gear extension to try to gain or maintain altitude.
The condition of the pilot and passenger are unknown, but presumed to be serious. The Los Angeles Times reports that Orange County Global Medical Center confirmed receiving multiple trauma patients from the crash. No one on the ground was injured.