Small plane crash-lands on 91 Freeway in Corona; pilot and passenger escape uninjured

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A small Cessna plane crash-landed Tuesday on the 91 Freeway in Corona, and the pilot and only passenger were unharmed, authorities said.

According to the Corona Fire Department, the single-engine plane crashed on the freeway near Buena Vista Avenue around 12:31 p.m. and went up in flames. The two people onboard were able to escape without injuries, authorities said. Fire crews quickly put out the fire.

California Highway Patrol Officer Keith Ballantyne told The Times that the plane was attempting to land at the Corona Municipal Airport and experienced a “possible engine failure,” forcing it to make an emergency landing on the freeway.

The plane crashed into a Toyota pickup, Ballantyne said; the truck’s passengers were unharmed.

The Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the incident and will be investigating the crash.

Traffic on the 91 Freeway is backed up, according to the California Highway Patrol. The CHP said it was shutting down the eastbound lanes; the Lincoln Avenue and 2nd Street onramps will also be closed.

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