Small WWII-Era Plane Crash Lands On California Freeway, Pilot OK

Firefighters on the scene of a plane crash on the 101 Freeway in Southern California on Tue. Oct. 23 2018.                        CBS Los Angeles

A vintage World War II fighter plane - for the Nazis, not the good guys - crash landed on one of L.A.'s busiest freeways. and miraculously the pilot survived.

The plane struck the center divider of US 101 and the pilot, the only occupant, was safely removed before flames consumed much of the aircraft, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. Northbound traffic was being taken off at Lost Hills Road, and southbound vehicles at Liberty Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The plane, believed to be a WW2 aircraft, crashed into the 101 freeway in the Californian city nose-first.

Images on social media from Cynthia Alvarez showed the plane in flames, moments after it crashed.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams said the agency was "in the very early stages of the investigation and will have more information tomorrow".

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The aircraft, painted in German air force markings, belonged to the Condor Squadron - a group that performs mock dogfights for airshows and flies in formation for other veteran-focused events, according to president Chris Rushing.

The plane was seen with World War II-style decals on its wings.

CBS Los Angeles reports fire crews extinguished the flames and officials stopped traffic in both directions. Rushing said the pilot, whom he identified as Rob Sandberg, was able to get out of his plane.

Cole Puente, who was driving on the freeway when the crash occurred, said traffic was sparse but that he was surprised no injuries had been reported. "Fortunately, I was able to not hurt anybody - other than the airplane".


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