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

06 August, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • 3 dead in Orange County plane crash

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

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said the plane struck an unoccupied auto on the lot, which services a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing into a mall parking lot in the vicinity of Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly.


The plane hit an unoccupied, parked vehicle on the ground, but the owner was in a store at the time of the crash, Bommarito said.

The plane was registered to a San Francisco company and had flown from the East bay suburb of Concord, according to FAA records.

Orange County Fire Authority and Costa Mesa Fire Department in the 3900 block of Bristol Street in Santa Ana. The cause of the incident will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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