A single-engine plane crashed today on the Riverside (SR-91 Eastbound) Freeway in Corona, igniting a fire from which the occupants of the plane fled unharmed.


According to the California Highway Patrol, the forced landing occurred at 12:30 p.m. on the eastbound 91 at Lincoln Avenue.

The agency was unable to determine whether any vehicles were struck on the busy corridor right away.

Within five minutes, engine units from the Corona Fire Department arrived at the scene and discovered the plane in flames. Officials at the scene said the pilot and passenger, who were not recognized, self-extricated from the wrecked plane and did not require medical attention.


There were no initial reports of motorists being injured.

Corona firefighters put out the fire shortly before 1 p.m.

According to an FAA representative, the government is seeking to determine the plane's tail number, data about its schedule, and the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.


Immediately following the incident, eastbound 91 traffic came to a halt. CHP officials, however, only stopped the Nos. 4 and 5 lanes, where the jet crashed.

The on-ramp to Lincoln Avenue was also closed. Three lanes, including the fast lane, remained available.

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