Small plane crashes into parking lot, killing 5 in Southern California

Posted at 7:44 PM, Aug 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-05 20:09:53-04

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 when it crashed, said Capt. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire.

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 National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.