Security footage from the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California was released on Friday capturing the exact moment a plane crashed on the I-405 freeway.
The Orange County Fire Authority publicly released the footage that taken from the airport’s parking lot on June 30.
It shows a white Cessna 310, which flew from Palm Springs to John Wayne Airport, moving toward the freeway and smashing the pavement.
It narrowly missed the dozens of vehicles traveling on both sides of the road. After the twin-engine aircraft crashed onto the highway, a flash can be seen then followed by a huge ball of fire.
The pilot and the passenger survived the crash after they were pulled from the wreckage.
Both the California Highway Patrol and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash, according to the Orange County Register.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Shortly after takeoff, the pilot, Francis Pisano, made a frantic call to the airport’s control tower, exclaiming, “Hey, we got a mayday! We got a mayday!”
Officials at the tower responded by informing him and his wife, Janan, that they were cleared to land back at the airport but that their gear appeared to be up.
“Yeah, I know, we’re still trying to get a little altitude,” Pisano replied. “I lost my right engine.”
That was the last that was heard of them before they crashed.