5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

A small plane crashed at a parking lot in Santa Ana, Calif., killing all five people aboard, according to authorities.

When the firefighters arrived, the two people in the plane were already dead.

Fire authorities were called at 12:28 local time (19:28 GMT) after the small plane hit a parked red auto, while its owner was in a shop.

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 coroner identified the other victims as Lara Shepherd, Floria and Navid Hakimi, and Nasim Ghanadan.

At least one vehicle on the ground was hit by parts of the airplane.

"It does look like it came down pretty abruptly", Bommarito said, adding, "There's a small impact zone".

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

Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in the auto park on Sunday when they saw the crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. "It was so heartbreaking just seeing the plane crumbled into pieces".

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are now investigating the crash, and will likely use the videos shared to social media to help figure out exactly what went wrong in the tragic crash.

"Our entire Pacific Union family is mourning the loss of our colleagues, family and friends", CEO Mark McLaughlin said in a statement.

FAA records show that the airplane was owned by Category III Aviation Corp., a real estate consulting firm in San Francisco, and was bound for John Wayne Airport, which is about a mile from the crash site.

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