Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

NTSB update on deadly small plane crash in SoCal

NTSB update on deadly small plane crash in SoCal

Authorities say the five people killed were all on board the plane and nobody on the ground was hurt.

Photos of the incident show the plane's debris scattered among the palms that surround the parking space.

It was not clear if any people on the ground were hit.

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.

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

The CEO of a San Francisco real estate company and four others died when a private plane he was piloting crashed into a a Southern California parking lot, according to the Orange County coroner.

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The plane struck a parked vehicle, but the occupant was inside a store and was not injured, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Witnesses said they saw the plane turn before it suddenly began to dive toward the shopping center. Several roads were closed surrounding the shopping center and the busy South Coast Plaza mall across the street.

The crash site is a little more than a mile away from John Wayne Airport.

"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane", said Perez, adding that emergency workers were there within minutes.

The plane was registered to a San Francisco company and had flown from the East bay suburb of Concord, according to FAA records. Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are trying to determine what caused the crash.

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