Small plane makes emergency landing on a street near John Wayne Airport
A small Piper Cherokee aircraft made an emergency landing at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on southbound Red Hill Avenue just north of MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine, according to the Irvine Police Department.
The plane was approaching John Wayne Airport when its engine failed, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. Officials are still investigating what caused the failure.
A flight school owns the plane, which is based out of John Wayne, according to Jenny Wedge, a spokeswoman for the airport.
A flight instructor and student pilots were aboard during the landing. No injuries or property damage were reported, police wrote on the department’s Facebook page.
Some southbound lanes of Red Hill were closed until the plane was removed. There were no closures of northbound Red Hill or on MacArthur, according to police.
--Alicia Lopez and Jeremiah Dobruck
[Updated, 11:35 a.m. Sept. 17: This story was updated with information from the Federal Aviation Administration and a JWA spokeswoman.]