A pilot escaped an injury after his old single-engine plane crashed and caught fire on a highway in southern California on Tuesday, authorities said.
The plane crashed into the United States Central Divider 101 and the pilot, the sole occupant, was safely removed before the flames consumed much of the aircraft, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
No vehicle on the ground was involved in the afternoon crash that jammed traffic about 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.
A small vintage plane crashed into the lanes of Highway 101 in Los Angeles on Tuesday, bursting into flames, and surprisingly, the pilot walked away
The images tweeted by drivers on the highway showed the burning vintage plane, emitting a black cloud of smoke.
This photo taken from the video and provided by KTLA-TV shows an American AT-6 aircraft that crashed in the United States 101 in Agoura Hills, California.
Los Angeles County firefighters arrived at the crash site near Liberty Canyon Road around 2 pm
The American AT-6 belonged to the Condor Squadron, a group that performs mock dog fights for aerial shows and flies in formation at parades, memorial services and events commemorating veterans, said President Chris Rushing.
"The pilot did a great job of lowering it and not hitting any cars," he said.
The wing of the plane, still in flames, was wrapped in the central divider while the crews worked to extinguish the fire and surprised travelers by recording videos.
The pilot, whose name was Rob flies professionally for Alaska Airlines, was conducting a training exercise, Rushing said. I did not know what caused the accident.
The pilot told Eyewitness News that he had suffered an engine failure.
"I chose a place on the highway where I knew there was a large section of cars that were not there," said the pilot, who identified himself as Rob.
& # 39; The engine failed completely. Fortunately, I could not hurt anyone, except the plane.
The pilot escaped unharmed and no one on the ground was injured. The accident hit the traffic about 30 miles west of downtown Los Angeles
The American plane SNJ-5 with the pilot on board when the solo occupant crashed near the central lanes of Highway 101 heading north.
The plane crashed into the left lane on the north side and burst into flames. The plane ended up crumpled against the central divider.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, said FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer.
The rear end of the plane seemed to be missing since the fire was still burning in the rails. It took off from the Van Nuys airport, a spokesman confirmed.
The plane was painted with marks of the German air force of the Second World War, said Rushing.
The vintage plane with German markings on the wings is usually seen at the parades and belongs to the Condor Squadron club, said the Van Nuys airport.
The nonprofit organization of the club, founded by pilots of the Second World War in 1965, is dedicated to preserving the history of aviation.
The AT-6 was developed in the 1930s and was used as a training aircraft by US pilots. UU During world war II.
The pilot, named Rob, usually flies for Alaska Airlines. He is helping the researchers to solve what went wrong
The pilot, in the center, stands in the middle of the highway looking at the remains of his plane. Incredibly he got away unharmed and managed to avoid hitting the vehicles on the ground.