Small plane crashes in Southern California parking lot; 5 killed, authorities say

Plane crash in California parking lot kills five people

Wreckage of twin-engine plane lies crumpled in parking lot in Santa Ana Calif. where it crashed Sunday afternoon

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the twin-engine Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said.

Footage from the scene shows the wreckage of a twin-engine Cessna.

5 killed in plane crash in California parking lot
The twin-engine Cessna plane crashed in Santa Ana, and had been bound to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, said Capt. The Orange County Fire Department said the plane's engine cut out before it could make it to the airport.

Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in the vehicle park on Sunday when they saw the crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. "This was a Sunday afternoon, and we have people shopping, so the fact that we have no injuries on the ground is a miracle in itself". East Bay woman ID'd as one of Southern California plane crash victimsGhanadan was a realtor at Pacific Union in Danville.

"Fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of the impact", he added.

"It actually came down in front of us".

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Another witness told local news media that he was coming out of a sushi restaurant when he saw the plane flying low. It lost control and it just fell straight down.

The plane crashed in the parking lot of a Staples office supply store in the 3800 block of Bristol Street, according to Stephen Concialdi, spokesman for the fire authority.

"I don't know anything about what this pilot did or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic", Bommarito said.

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