Orange County officials are praising one brave firefighter after he rescued two people trapped inside a small plane that crashed on the 405 Freeway near John Wayne Airport on Friday.
Capt. John Meffert, a firefighter for 17 years in Avalon on Catalina Island, was off-duty and driving to his home in Rancho Cucamonga when the twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed on the southbound 405 around 9:35 a.m.
“I was on the phone with my dad and I told him, ‘There’s a plane really low. I think this plane is going to hit me,'” Meffert said at a mid-afternoon news conference. “The wing came across the front of my hood, and after that, that’s when the plane crashed.”
He jumped out of his car and initially thought the occupants must be dead. Then, he saw a woman’s head pop out of the plane.
“I wasn’t thinking about my own safety,” said Meffert. “That’s probably due to the …