Training airplane crashes upon approach to JWA Sunday, two transported to local hospitals

A small single-engine Harmony LSA general aviation airplane crashed on Sunday, Feb. 11, around 10:40 a.m., at John Wayne Airport on runway 20L.

According to reports from a JWA spokesperson and Orange County Fire Authority, two people were on board and transported to local hospital trauma units. The plane, a training aircraft, was reported to be doing a series of touch-and-gos throughout the morning before landing short on approach of a runway and spinning out.

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Photo by Orange County Fire Authority

Plane resting short of runway after crashing on approach to JWA

The commercial runway to JWA (20R) remained unaffected by the incident.

Runway 20L is a shorter runway nearer to the Thomas F. Riley (general public) terminal that is 2,887 ft. in length, as compared to the commercial runway, further away from the terminal that is 5,701 ft.

A “touch-and-go” is a training exercise where fixed-wing aircrafts land and then take off again without stopping.

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