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Woman killed after plane crashes into car

The pilot and his passenger received major injuries.

Image: Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP

A SMALL PLANE that made headlines when it landed safely on a Southern California freeway years ago crashed on the same stretch of road, slamming into a car and killing a woman in the vehicle.

Five others, including the pilot and his passenger, were injured last night in the crash on a stretch of Interstate 15 that has been the scene of several emergency landings.

Witnesses said the single-engine plane appeared to be having problems before it banked and came down, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Parent said. One man said he didn’t hear the plane’s engine as it passed overhead.

The Lancair IV landed on its belly and skidded about 250 feet before striking the rear of a black Nissan Altima that was stopped on the shoulder of the road in San Diego County near Fallbrook. The driver of the car had pulled over to synchronise the Bluetooth device on his phone, Parent said.

APTOPIX Freeway Plane Crash Source: Don Boomer/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP

The impact crumpled the back of the car, fatally crushing Antoinette Isbelle, 38, of San Diego in the back seat and injuring three others in the vehicle, authorities said.

“The plane went completely into the trunk and pushed the rear bumper almost into the rear passenger seat,” said John Buchanan, spokesman for the North County Fire Protection District.

Pilot Dennis Hogge, 62, and his female passenger suffered major injuries, Parent said. The driver suffered moderate injuries, and his other two passengers were expected to survive their injuries.

The plane was once owned by baseball player Matt Nokes, who made a noteworthy landing on the busy road when the engine quit on its second flight in 2000.

Nokes guided the high-performance plane to a smooth landing and safely taxied off the road without injuries.

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