WWII Fighter Plane Crashes on California Highway

A small vintage plane dressed up as a World War II Nazi aircraft crashed on California's highway 101 yesterday (Oct. 24), according to recent news reports. No one was injured in the crash.

The pilot, later identified as Ron Sandberg, took off from Van Nuys Airport for a training exercise before sending out an emergency alert around 1:45 p.m. local time that he had lost power in the plane. [Supersonic! The 10 Fastest Military Airplanes]

"He heard a couple of loud pops in the engine. ... He was able to control it and was trying to land on the 101 freeway, but there was a car in front of him," California Highway Patrol Capt. Johnny Starling told KTLA. "So, as he landed, touched down, he had to jerk the wheel hard to the left to avoid the vehicle. That's when he crashed into the center divider."

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