Five people were killed Sunday when a twin-engine plane crashed into a Southern California parking lot, authorities said.
The Cessna 414 Chancellor crashed in Santa Ana, approximately a mile from John Wayne Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Arlene Salac. She added that the pilot of the aircraft had declared an emergency shortly before the crash.
Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said the plane struck an unoccupied car on the lot, which services a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy. Concialdi added that no one on the ground was hurt and there was no fire.
Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly. Several roads surrounding the shopping center and the South Coast Plaza mall across the street were closed.
The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III, according to an FAA database. It was not immediately clear from where the flight originated and a phone call to the company was not immediately returned Sunday.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, Salac said.
Five people died when a small plane crashed in a Southern California parking lot on Sunday, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
The twin-engine Cessna plane crashed in Santa Ana, and had been bound to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, said Capt. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority.
There were no survivors on the airplane, he said.
The plane crashed just a block away from South Coast Plaza, a large mall. There were no injuries on the ground. 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.
Fire authorities were called about the crash around 12:30 p.m. local time.
The Cessna 414 aircraft had declared an emergency before the incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident, the FAA said in a tweet.
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