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Small plane crashes in California parking lot, killing all 5 people aboard

Small plane crashes in California parking lot, killing all 5 people aboard

The authorities have not yet identified those killed.

Nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna suddenly nosedived Sunday during its approach to John Wayne Airport southeast of Los Angeles. The pilot was 53-year-old Scott Shepherd, a Diablo resident; 62-year-old Floria Hakimi from Danville; 42-year-old Lara Shepherd from Diablo; 32-year-old Navid Hakimi of Los Angeles; and 29-year-old Nasim Ghanadan from Alamo. All of the wreckage appeared to be contained within the parking lot and video broadcast by NBC news showed the aircraft plunging straight into the lot. There was no fire, he said.

The plane took off from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, according to a flight tracker service.

A driver captured the moment the plane spiraled to the ground on a dashboard camera.

"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane", witness Jesse Perez told the Orange County Register. The nearby intersection of Sunflower Avenue at Bristol Street was closed in all four directions near the crash, just northeast of the mall and on the city boundary between Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, OCFA Capt. The pilot, Scott Shepherd, owned the consulting firm, Category III.

Santa Ana fire and police and Orange County Fire departments respond to the scene of a deadly plane crash in a parking lot.

The crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.


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