5 killed in plane crash in California parking lot

Five killed after plane crashes near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana

Five killed after plane crashes near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana

Five people were killed when a twin-engine aircraft crashed near the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa today.

The plane went down into the parking lot of a Staples Supercenter, City News Service reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot issued an emergency call before going down near the John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

The incident reportedly occurred at around 12.30pm on Sunday. They said no one on the ground was injured. 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 is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III, according to an FAA database. The fire department is on scene.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident.

According to KTLA, roads leading to South Bristol Street between Sunflower Avenue and Callen's Common have been shut down.

The crash came about a year after a twin-engine airplane burst into flames as it crash-landed on the 405 Freeway just a few miles away after taking off from John Wayne Airport.

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