A small plane carrying two people landed in the lanes of the northbound 55 Freeway in Costa Mesa Sunday night after the pilot reported engine trouble.
The plane landed smoothly on the freeway, just south of the Del Mar Avenue offramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“The choice was between landing at John Wayne or landing on the beach. We tried to make it to John Wayne, and we couldn’t make it. So, I saw an opening on the highway and I went for it right away,” the pilot, Israel Slod, said.
“I didn’t think we were going to die, but I had no idea where we were going to end up,” passenger Daniel Gross said. Read more here.