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2 suffer minor injuries after small plane crash lands on runway at John Wayne Airport

A general aviation runway at John Wayne Airport was briefly closed after a small airplane crash landed on the runway Saturday, but two people aboard were not seriously hurt, authorities said.

About 4:15 p.m., a four-seat Piper PA-28-140 crash landed on runway, though Orange County firefighters received a report it was a hard landing, officials said. It wasn’t immediately known what caused the problem.

Two people aboard the airplane had minor injuries, but were out and walking around, said Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the airport in Orange County.

Neither passenger was taken to a hospital, Capt. Carlos Huerta with the Orange County Fire Authority said.

A small fuel leak was contained and there was no fire.

The OCFA was removing the plane using a crane, Thompson said.

The runway that was briefly closed is mostly used for general aviation and smaller aircraft, Thompson said.

The main commercial runway at the airport remained open, Thompson said.

Source: Orange County Register

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