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."
So... 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 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1540330610.0
"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 s… https://t.co/98XyNhCJGs— Jim Geraghty (@Jim Geraghty)1540330839.0
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.
@AthertonKD this is, incredibly, not even the first time that "luftwaffe cosplayer crashes on freeway" has been in… https://t.co/kUPLfqZiUe— Will (@Will)1540331440.0
Check out more tweets about the crash below:
Wait...is that the Nazi Luftwaffe?! In 2018?!?!?! https://t.co/hKS9i2Rb2a— Phillip Atiba Goff is from Philadelphia (@Phillip Atiba Goff is from Philadelphia)1540331546.0
A Nazi Luftwaffe plane just crashed on 101 near LA. Very very meta sign if our times.— Steve Beste (@Steve Beste)1540330024.0
Looks like a WWII Luftwaffe plane from Nazi Germany that time-traveled to 2018 and crashed upon arrival! 👽🛸 https://t.co/8U8jCED5RX— 🇺🇲 media maniac 💬 (@🇺🇲 media maniac 💬)1540331630.0
I really need to know if the pilot is a Nazi cosplayer, Nazi enthusiast, or just plain Nazi. If the pilot was del… https://t.co/7q64axKuGs— David Avallone (@David Avallone)1540331176.0
Nazi warbird crashed on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles. I can’t find anything on @flightradar24 that would indicate… https://t.co/xGCOef2QSQ— Phil Derner, Jr. (@Phil Derner, Jr.)1540333524.0