DescriptionA small twin-engine plane attempting to land at a Southern California airport after experiencing trouble crashed on the 405 freeway and burst into flames Friday morning local time, authorities said.The two people aboard the Cessna 310 were transported to local hospitals after the crash at around 9:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET) in Orange County, south of Los Angeles.The plane can carry six people, but the two injured, described as a man and woman in their 50s or 60s, were the only ones aboard and were the only ones hurt, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz saidAn off-duty fire captain on his way to vacation with his family helped save the pair from the plane. Captain John Meffert has been with the Avalon Fire Department on Catalina Island for 17 years. The plane's wing scraped across the hood of his car as it crashed.“I think the biggest thing was approaching the airplane and thinking, ‘If I don’t see movement, I’m staying back, because I don’t want to be a victim myself,” Meffert told reporters later.“The wife, her head pops up … if she can be there, I can figure out a way to be there, too,” he said. The plane was engulfed, but there were fewer flames on the passenger side and he pulled the man from the plane, he said."I wasn’t even thinking about my own safety," he said. Others on the freeway stopped to help, using small fire extinguishers from their vehicles to try and battle the flames, he said. The woman in the plane was trying to pull the man out of the wreckage, Meffert said.The plane had departed from John Wayne Airport, and the pilot declared an emergency shortly after taking off. It was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred.