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Five dead as plane crashes into shopping centre vehicle park in California

Five dead as plane crashes into shopping centre vehicle park in California

Five people on board the small airplane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna crashed in the Southern California parking lot, authorities said.

The plane left the Buchanan Field Airport in Concord at 10:23 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 12:30 p.m., according to FlightAware.com.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. They said no one on the ground was injured.

Orange County Fire Capt.

The Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the pilot called an emergency before the plane crashed.

"It actually came down in front of us".

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Emma Gonzales, who works at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the strip mall, said she felt the building shake.

Another witness told local news media that he was coming out of a sushi restaurant when he saw the plane flying low.

The location of the crash is between the cities of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, about 40 minutes south of Los Angeles.

The aircraft was heading to John Wayne Airport, but it was unclear where it was coming from, according to spokeswoman Deanne Thompson.

The parking lot is shared by a pharmacy, a bank and an art-supply store.

Footage from the scene shows the wreckage of a twin-engine Cessna.


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