As busy commuters made their way up the 101 freeway near Agoura Hills, California, their minds were busy with the usual thoughts as they braved the crowded road conditions intros densely populated region. The last thing they expected to see was a World War II-era airplane come in for a crash landing right before their very eyes!
But that is exactly what hundreds of drivers witnessed on Tuesday afternoon when their dull, endless commutes turned into something out of an Indiana Jones movie. That’s when the single-engine vintage airplane came crashing down right on the median of the busy 101 freeway.
Numerous drivers caught video of the event on their phones and posted to their social media accounts. Amazingly, the pilot was able to escape with only minor injuries, before the aircraft burst into flames and was consumed by fire. No one on the ground was hurt - just badly shaken.
The traffic, however, was snarled for eight and a half hours as investigators closed off lanes in both directions of the freeway. “It was like insane, like worst traffic I’ve ever seen on the 101 going north,” commuter Tyler Owens said.
Details are slowing emerging about the origins of the unusual aircraft and why it crashed. The Van Nuys, California Airport has confirmed that the plane is part of its Condor Squadron vintage flying club, but they give no explanation for why the plane came down.
The pilot who has not been identified is said to be in his 40s and is an experienced pilot for Alaska Airlines.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.