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Vintage aircraft breaks out in flames after colliding on the highway in Southern California



A small, old plane crashed Tuesday on a busy highway in southern California, securing traffic for miles.

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The fiery crash was reported just before 2 pm in the western lanes of the 101 Freeway. The aircraft came to rest against the mid-section of the freeway, the ABC News station KABC-TV reported.

  PHOTO: A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California, October 23, 2018. Obtained from ABC News
A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California. October 23, 2018.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department managed to get the pilot out of the plane before it went up in flames. No other passengers were on board the plane.

There were no vehicles involved in the accident and no injuries were reported, the authorities said.

  PHOTO: A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California, October 23, 2018. @barrythebuyer
A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California, October 23, 2018.

The burning debris caused officials to close both sides of the highway, which remains closed until further notice.

The plane – a North American SNJ-5 – belongs, according to the FAA, to the Condor Squadron Officer's and Airmen's Association.

  PHOTO: A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California, October 23, 2018. Obtained by ABC News
A small plane crashed on the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, California, 23. October 2018.

KABC-TV spoke to the pilot, who identified himself only as Rob. He declared that the aircraft engine failed.

"I picked a spot on the highway where I knew there was a lot of the cars that were not there, but the engine failed completely," said Rob KABC-TV. "Fortunately, I could not hurt anyone – except the plane."

  PHOTO: This photo from a KABC-TV video shows an old American AT-6 aircraft crashed on October 23, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California. KABC-TV via AP
This photo from the video provided by KABC-TV shows an old American AT-6 aircraft that crashed on US 101 on October 23, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California ,

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the NTSB and the FAA.


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