Plane Crash Kills Five in Santa Ana Staples Parking Lot

Plane crash in California parking lot kills five people

Authorities have identified the five people killed in the crash of a small plane in the parking lot of a Southern California shopping center.

A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a mall in the U.S. state of California, killing all five people on board.

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked auto in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said. The plane struck a parked vehicle but no one on the ground was injured, he said.

The incident occurred at 12:28 p.m.in the 3800 block of Bristol Street, a spokesperson for the Santa Ana Police Department said, adding that no one on the ground was injured.

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The 1973 Cessna 414 was registered to Category III Aviation Corp.in San Francisco company and had flown from the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Concord, according to FAA records.

"It actually came down in front of us". Eyewitnesses saw the plane make a turn and then go straight to the ground, nose-down.

"There was no fire, no flames, no smoke, nothing".

The National Transportation Safety Board's Albert Nixon said he didn't know Monday how much time elapsed between the distress call and the crash.

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Emma Gonzales, who works at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the strip mall, said she felt the building shake.

The location of the crash is between the cities of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, about 40 minutes south of Los Angeles.

When emergency responders arrived on the scene, all 5 occupants of the plane were dead.

The crash site is a little more than a mile away from John Wayne Airport.

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