Off-duty firefighter credited for rescuing 2 from burning plane

John Meffert was driving when part of the plane hit his car as it crashed on the freeway


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — An off-duty fire captain who pulled two people from a burning plane after it crashed on a Southern California freeway says he's lucky to be alive.

John Meffert told reporters he was driving along Interstate 405 Friday morning when part of the plane hit his car as it crashed on the freeway. He says the plane was fully engulfed in flames after the crash.

Emergency responders gather round the crash of a Cessna 310 aircraft on Interstate 405.
Emergency responders gather round the crash of a Cessna 310 aircraft on Interstate 405. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Meffert says he saw a woman pop her head up inside the plane and then made his way into the plane.

Meffert, who has been a firefighter for 17 years, pulled out the woman and the male pilot.

Federal officials said the pilot of the Cessna 310 had declared an emergency shortly after taking off Friday morning from John Wayne Airport and was attempting to return to the airport when he crashed.

 

 

 

 

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