5 killed after plane nosedived in California parking lot

Small plane crashes in Santa Ana shopping center parking lot; 4 people reported killed

Small plane crashes in Santa Ana shopping center parking lot; 4 people reported killed

Bommarito explained the plane was on its way to nearby John Wayne Airport, and it is possible the pilot intentionally avoided people on the ground during the plane's collision to limit the number of casualties.

A small plane crashed near the parking lot of a mall in the USA state of California, killing all five people on board, the authorities said.

The Orange County coroner's office on Monday identified the victims as Scott Shepherd, 53, of Diablo; Lara Shepherd, 42, of Diablo; Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo; Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville; and Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles.

Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in a parking lot Sunday when they saw a twin-engine Cessna crash, she told the Los Angeles Times.

There were no other passengers in the plane, and nobody on the ground was hurt.

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"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane", witness Jesse Perez told the Orange County Register.

The plane hit a vehicle but nobody in the auto was hurt, said Stephen Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.

Photos from the scene showed the plane crumpled and broken apart and the auto damaged.

The Cessna 414 is registered to an owner in San Francisco, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

Santa Ana fire and police and Orange County Fire departments respond to the scene of a deadly plane crash in a parking lot. Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are trying to determine what caused the crash.

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