The incident happened at about 4:15 p.m., when the single-engine Piper PA28-140 experienced engine trouble after departing from John Wayne Airport. The pilot returned to the airport and crash-landed on a taxiway.
Airport officials said there was no fire after the landing, but a small fuel leak was contained shortly after.
At 4:15 pm a Piper PA28-140 aircraft with 2 passengers on board crash landed on Runway 20R. There were minor injuries. There was no fire. Airport operating normally, no impact to scheduled flights. #FlyJWA— John Wayne Airport (@JohnWayneAir) December 23, 2018
They said the two people on board the plane suffered only minor injuries.
The Federal Aviation Administration said it will investigate the incident.
John Wayne Airport was operating normally, airport officials said.