Airplane lands on 91 Freeway in Corona, catches fire; occupants reported safe – San Bernardino Sun


A small airplane landed on the 91 Freeway in Corona early Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 9, and although the aircraft caught fire and clipped a pickup truck, no injuries were reported.

The single-engine Piper, manufactured in 1973, landed in the eastbound lanes west of the I-15 Freeway at about 12:30 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.

The plane landed in the lanes, in the same direction as traffic, and skidded into a sound wall, catching fire. The Piper clipped the left-rear of a Toyota Tundra pickup.

The Piper clipped a Toyota Tundra when making an emergency landing on the 91 Freeway in Corona. (Photo by Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The pilot and the passenger were able to get out safely.

“We had enough time to get out,” said the pilot, who declined to give his full name.

He said he and a passenger had been flying for about an hour and were headed to Corona Municipal Airport, where they had taken off, when the engine lost power.

The pilot didn’t think he could make it back to the airport.

“There was an empty spot (on the freeway) so we went for that,” he said. “Thank God we really didn’t hit anybody.”



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