Cessna plane crashes in California parking lot, killing all 5 on board

Cessna plane crashes in California parking lot, killing all 5 on board

The pilot of the Cessna 414 and all four passengers were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt, authorities said.

They were identified as pilot Scott Shepherd, 53; Lara Shepherd, 42; Floria Hakimi, 62; Nasim Ghanadan, 29, all of the Bay Area; and 32-year-old Navid Hakimi, of Los Angeles.

Images from the scene showed the wreckage of the jet in the middle of parked cars. People who witnessed the crash said the plane's engine cut out as it fell to the ground.

All five victims have been identified in a deadly small plane crash on Sunday afternoon at an Orange County shopping mall two miles from John Wayne Airport.

A twin-engine Cessna bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, crashed into the parking lot of a Staples office supply store on Sunday, killing all five people aboard, Orange County fire officials said.

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An earlier version of this article said that the plane crashed in the parking lot of South Coast Plaza.

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

The plane is registered to a San Francisco-based real estate consulting company, Category III, according to an FAA database. The FAA launched an investigation into the crash, and added that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

The crash came almost a year after a twine-engine plane taking off from John Wayne Airport burst into flames and crash landed on the 405 freeway.

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