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VIDEO: Two injured in plane crash on California freeway

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An off-duty fire captain who pulled two people from a burning plane after it crashed on a Southern California freeway says he's lucky to be alive.

John Meffert told reporters he was driving along Interstate 405 Friday morning when part of the plane hit his car as it crashed on the freeway. He says the plane was fully engulfed in flames after the crash.

Meffert says he saw a woman pop her head up inside the plane and then made his way into the plane.

Meffert, who has been a firefighter for 17 years, pulled out the woman and the male pilot.

Federal officials said the pilot of the Cessna 310 had declared an emergency shortly after taking off Friday morning from John Wayne Airport and was attempting to return to the airport when he crashed.

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Two people were injured when a small plane crashed on a busy southern California freeway this morning. 

The Cessna-310 has just taken off from John Wayne Airport in Orange County when the pilot declared an emergency and began returning to the airport. 

But the plane didn't make it and instead crash landed on the 405-Freeway. 

The driver of a pickup truck says the plane clipped the rear of his vehicle as it came down on the roadway. Other witnesses say the plane crashed on the northbound lanes, but ended up on the southbound side. 

One person says the aircraft tilted to its side and almost turned upside down when it struck the freeway median. The plane caught fire and smoke from the crash could be seen for miles. 

Crews poured foam on the wreckage to keep it from re-igniting. Drivers stopped to help the two occupants out of the plane, they say first responders were there almost immediately. 

The two people on board, a man and a woman in their 50s and 60s, were hospitalized. 

Their conditions are not yet known. 

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