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Couple in plane that crashed on 405 Freeway recovering from injuries

Small plane crash on the 405 Freeway
The wreckage of a small plane sits on the southbound 405 Freeway after a crash just short of the John Wayne Airport runway.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

A couple whose plane crashed and burst into flames on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport are recovering from their injuries.

KABC-TV reported Saturday that the man who was piloting the aircraft is hospitalized in stable but guarded condition and his wife is in stable condition.

Fire officials earlier said the woman was his fiancée.

They were the only people aboard a twin-engine Cessna 310 that crashed Friday morning on Interstate 405, just short of a runway at John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa.

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Before the crash, the pilot reported losing power in one engine.

The plane clipped a pickup truck but nobody on the ground was hurt.

An off-duty firefighter pulled them from the fiery wreckage.


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