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CalTrans sheds light on cleanup of fiery plane crash on LA freeway

See how CalTrans cleaned up this dramatic plane crash in only an hour

On June 30, 2017, Francis and Janan Pisano's plane crash landed on Interstate 405 on its way back to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. CalTrans kicked into action with airport maintenance to clear the way for traffic as quickly as possible.
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On June 30, 2017, Francis and Janan Pisano's plane crash landed on Interstate 405 on its way back to John Wayne Airport in Orange County. CalTrans kicked into action with airport maintenance to clear the way for traffic as quickly as possible.

On the morning of June 30, 2017, a Cessna 310R plane crashed in the middle of busy Interstate 405. Now, the California Department of Transportation has released new video showing how the department, working together with airport maintenance, was able to clear the scene of the crash and get traffic moving again in only an hour.

Despite the seriousness of the fiery crash, no motorists were injured as Francis and Janan Pisano’s plane crashed on their way back to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, according to the Orange County Register. The Pisanos were attempting to return to the airport after the plane’s right engine failed, but came up short of the runway and landed on the freeway instead.

The couple was taken to the hospital in critical condition after an off-duty fire captain pulled them from the burning wreckage, according to CalTrans. The Pisanos both suffered vertebrae fractures, but were released from the hospital on July 19, 2017 and are expected to make a full recovery, the Orange County Register reported

CalTrans said in a video released August 1 that it was a miracle that no one was killed by the “ball of fire” that crashed down on the crowded freeway on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, released new surveillance camera footage that captured a fiery small plane crash that seriously injured two people on June 30. This footage from CCTV cameras overlooking the airport and a parking l

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

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