5 dead after plane crashes into California mall parking lot

A small twin-engine Cessna bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County crashed into the parking lot of a Staples office supply store on Sunday killing all five people aboard Orange County fire officials said

5 dead after plane crashes into California mall parking lot

Nixon didn't know how much time elapsed between the distress call and the crash. "We really didn't think it was a plane at first due to no crashing noise, but as soon as we saw people running from across the street we went to go check it out". "It was nearly silent", she said.

The Orange County Fire Authority, who responded on the scene, said they were lucky the crash wasn't as deadly as it could have been. One of the victims was identified by family members as 29-year-old Nasim Ghanadan, who is a realtor at Pacific Union and was on the flight for work, KGO-TV reported.

Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin told NBC, "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy".

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"Fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of the impact", Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

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"I saw the plane come around and I realized it was probably going to come down", witness Alex Perkins told KCBS. "I couldn't believe what was happening".

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The plane crashed just a block away from South Coast Plaza, a large mall.

The plane is registered to a San Francisco-based real estate consulting company, Category III, according to an FAA database.

The single-engine aircraft bounced while attempting to land at the Montgomery Field Airport around 5.25pm local time, became airborne again and then crashed in a nearby Costco parking lot, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

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