A small plane crash on the 101 highway in Los Angeles County Monday resulted in lane closures and many confused viewers who observed that it resembled a Nazi-era Luftwaffe craft.
KTLA 5 reported that the pilot of the “vintage aircraft with camouflage paint” was removed from the craft and did not sustain any injuries from the crash that occurred near Calabasas, California.
Many who saw photos of the crash on Twitter, however, noticed that the plane’s unique markings — especially the black “iron cross” with a partial white outline — made it look a lot like a World War II Luftwaffe (German for “air force”) plane.
“A plane with the markings of the WWII Nazi Luftwaffe just crashed on a Los Angeles freeway,” user Leah McElrath tweeted. “Yes, really.”
A plane with the markings of the WWII Nazi Luftwaffe just crashed on a Los Angeles freeway.
Yes, really. https://t.co/03UnzdAg3w
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) October 23, 2018
“I thought today had a lot of overwrought Nazi comparisons, but then [Luftwaffe planes] started falling out of the sky,” Jim Geraghty of the conservative National Review magazine tweeted.
I thought today had a lot of overwrought Nazi comparisons, but then a Luftwaffe planes started falling out of the sky. pic.twitter.com/XCICy8Nt4U
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 23, 2018
Another user noted that this isn’t the first time a Nazi Luftwaffe-themed craft had crashed onto a highway, linking to a July 2017 article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about a similar crash outside of Atlanta.
this is, incredibly, not even the first time that "luftwaffe cosplayer crashes on freeway" has been in the news the past few years:https://t.co/JBq4gxpgps
— Will (@historicus91) October 23, 2018
Check out more tweets about the crash below:
Wait…is that the Nazi Luftwaffe?! In 2018?!?!?! https://t.co/hKS9i2Rb2a
— Phillip Atiba Goff is Out of Office (@DrPhilGoff) October 23, 2018
A Nazi Luftwaffe plane just crashed on 101 near LA. Very very meta sign if our times.
— Steve Beste (@stevebeste) October 23, 2018
Looks like a WWII Luftwaffe plane from Nazi Germany that time-traveled to 2018 and crashed upon arrival! 👽🛸 https://t.co/8U8jCED5RX
— 🍂🎃🗡️ maniac_maniac 🇺🇸💬 (@media_maniac38) October 23, 2018
I really need to know if the pilot is a Nazi cosplayer, Nazi enthusiast, or just plain Nazi.
If the pilot was delivering a prop for a movie shoot, I'm glad they're all right. If it was someone who gets a giggle out of flying a 1940s Luftwaffe plane… not so much. https://t.co/gAdZ7grp0P
— (((David Avallone))) (@DAvallone) October 23, 2018
Are we just ignoring the whole thing here where this is a Nazi Luftwaffe plane? https://t.co/TXbVL5VwuH
— Ben K. (@benyankee) October 23, 2018
Nazi warbird crashed on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles. I can’t find anything on @flightradar24 that would indicate any P-51 Mustangs in the area that may have shot it down, so… 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/guhIrv6Nio
— Phil Derner, Jr. (@PhilDernerJr) October 23, 2018