Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Plane Crashes in California Parking Lot, Killing 5

Five killed after plane crashes near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana Small plane crashes in Santa Ana shopping center parking lot; 4 people reported killed
Glenn Montgomery | 08 August, 2018, 18:06

Authorities say a small airplane has crashed near a Southern California mall parking lot.

Five people were killed on Sunday after a small aircraft crashed near the South Coast Plaza shopping center in the USA state of California, authorities said.

No one was hurt on the ground as the twin-engine Cessna 414 aircraft clipped an unoccupied vehicle, but "fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of impact", Orange County Fire Authority Capt. The plane struck a parked auto but no one on the ground was injured, he said.

The crash happened just after 12:30 p.m. local time.

"We looked up to see the plane falling nose first", she told the Times.

Family members identified one of the victims as Nasim Ghanadan, who was a realtor from the East Bay and on the flight for work.

The pilot of the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from John Wayne Airport, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said.

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

A woman shopping nearby said it sounded like a truck was running something over until she saw the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, Salac said.

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

The plane crashed just a block away from the mall.

The crash occurred in the parking lot of a shopping complex that includes Staples, a CVS drug store and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant.

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

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