Vintage plane crashes, catches fire on California freeway

Clay Curtis
October 24, 2018

All eastbound and westbound lanes will be closed for an unknown duration, California Highway Patrol tweeted just before 2 p.m.

A small plane that crashed into the divider on the 101 freeway northwest of Los Angeles shut down traffic going both directions Tuesday afternoon, California authorities said. Video from the scene showed smoke and flames billowing hundreds of feet into the air.

Crews were responding to the highway north of Liberty Canyon Road, according to the L.A. County Fire Department.

He said it was not immediately clear what caused the crash, but the pilot, who flies professionally for Alaska Airlines, was out conducting a training exercise when the plane went down. He explained that the plane engine failed.

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The Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the crash along with the National Transportation Safety Board, identified it as an SNJ-5 variant of the AT-6.

The vintage aircraft featuring German markings on the wings is usually seen in parades and belongs to the Condor Squadron club, Van Nuys Airport said. "Thank God he's OK and no one got hurt on the ground".

The vintage aircraft was a North American T-6 Texan - a World War II-era plane, which airmen trained on before graduating to fighter planes, according to the newspaper.

CHP Capt. Johnny Starling said the pilot took off from Van Nuys Airport, but eventually heard some loud pops from the engine and then lost power.

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