Pilot passenger unharmed in a plane crash that erupts into flames after colliding with a vehicle on a busy California highway
A plane crashes and catches fire after colliding with a pickup truck on a busy Californian highway due to “potential engine failure.” Yet, the pilot and a passenger can miraculously escape the burning wreck uninjured.
The occupants of a single-engine aircraft narrowly avoided injury when it crashed onto the Riverside (91) Freeway in Corona on Tuesday due to engine issues.
The six-seat Piper Cherokee PA-32-300 was forced to land near Lincoln Avenue around 12:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration( F.A.A) and the California Highway Patrol.
According to an FAA statement, the Cherokee was “flying to Corona Municipal Airport (when) the pilot reported an engine failure.”
The pilot chose to make an emergency landing straight ahead on the motorway because he was unable to complete the turn north toward the airfield, maybe because of a sudden loss of altitude.
It’s incredible that no one else was hurt, said witness Edward Pajardo.
The jet crashed onto the motorway while spewing out flames and heavy black smoke, as seen on Pajardo’s dash cam footage.