Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

5 killed in California shopping centre plane crash

Five killed after plane crashes near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana Small plane crashes in Santa Ana shopping center parking lot; 4 people reported killed
Jay Anderson | 08 August, 2018, 18:08

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and will announce updates in due time. The Cessna 414 pilot told the dispatcher about the emergency while approaching the airport of John Wayne.

The five victims included three co-workers at a Northern California real estate company and two of their family members.

Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were just leaving the parking lot at the time of the crash. The pilot and all four passengers were killed.

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

The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III, according to an FAA database.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.




Orange County fire officials report that five are dead after a twin-engine crashed in a Staples parking lot in Santa Ana Sunday.

No one was hurt on the ground as the twin-engine Cessna 414 aircraft clipped an unoccupied auto, but "fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of impact", Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

The crash did not ignite a fire, and nobody on the ground was hurt.

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

The twin-engine Cessna plane crashed in Santa Ana, and had been bound to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, said Capt. Several streets surrounding a nearby shopping centre and the South Coast Plaza mall are closed.

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