The small plane crash today of actor Harrison Ford near the Santa Monica Airport reminded me of the time I witnessed a plane crash near the San Diego Freeway (Interstate 405) in 1989.
A website lists the history of plane crashes from Santa Monica Airport during the past four decades and the one I saw was listed among them:
Oct. 26, 1989: Wheeler Aircraft Co. Express 100 (nonfatal). Experimental Wheeler Express aircraft crashed into three homes on Greenfield Ave. in West Los Angeles, causing a fire. Pilot and passenger injured.
I was heading home from work in the San Fernando Valley and was in bumper-to-bumper traffic when I saw the plane. It appeared to be doing aerobatics and just went down within blocks east of the I-405 and south of the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10).
I was interviewed by one of the L.A. area newspapers about the crash.