Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Vintage Plane Crashes Onto 101 Freeway In Agoura Hills

Vintage Plane Crashes Onto 101 Freeway In Agoura Hills

According to CHP, the pilot, who has 30 years of experience and flies for commercial airlines, walked away having only singed his hair from the fire.

3 p.m.: This article has been updated with more details.

Per CBS Sacramento, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the pilot was safely extracted from the wreck before flames consumed much of the aircraft, though it's unclear whether he needed assistance to do so. It took off from Van Nuys Airport, a spokesperson confirmed.

The pilot was removed from the aircraft, and no other vehicles were involved, the agency said.

Video shared on social media showed the flaming plane billowing smoke into the sky while firefighters worked to control the scene.

The plane crashed on the far left lane on the northbound side and erupted in flames.

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"I think he made a good choice", the captain told KTLA.

The crash, which was reported about 1:45 p.m. near Liberty Canyon Road, shut down both sides of the freeway, creating a miles-long traffic backup.

After announcing that all lanes were closed, California Highway Patrol officers in Los Angeles County said in a tweet that traffic was being diverted from the freeway. "Thank God he's OK and no one got hurt on the ground".

It was reported that the plane was from the Condor Squadron vintage club stationed at The Van Nuys airport. The FAA registry for the tail number describes the plane as a 1958 SNJ-5, which is a modified T-6 Texan.

There was no report of any injuries, but the aircraft, which had German World War II-era markings, sustained substantial damage, the FAA reported.

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