5 killed when small plane crashes in parking lot

5 killed when small plane crashes in parking lot

A small plane crashed in a shopping center parking lot in Santa Ana, Calif. Sunday afternoon, with local media reporting several fatalities.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi says the Cessna was heading to the airport when it came down and struck an empty parked vehicle in the lot of a Staples store.

The twin-engine Cessna plane crashed in Santa Ana, and had been bound to John Wayne Airport in Orange County when it crashed, said Capt.

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The crash site is just north of the popular South Coast Plaza shopping mall and a few blocks northwest of John Wayne Airport, which was the pilot's destination. The parking lot is shared by Staples, a CVS drug store, a Michaels' decorations store, and a Wells Fargo Bank branch.

The plane was registered to a San Francisco company and had flown from the East bay suburb of Concord, according to FAA records. The fire department is on scene. The FAA launched an investigation into the crash, and added that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

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