Small Plane Crashes Into Parking Lot, Killing Five in Southern California

SANTA ANA, Ca. — 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, said Capt. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority.

There were no survivors on the airplane, he said.

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 Cessna 414 aircraft had declared an emergency before the incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident, the FAA said in a tweet.

3 comments

  • Fredric Underhill

    John Wayne/Orange County Airport is a good airfield constricted by noise and California style environmental concerns. Southwest flies out of there.

    From the wreckage, there wasn’t a drop of fuel on board as there was no fire. The aircraft is a venerable workhorse with a range of 1500+ NAUTICAL miles (1650 miles in landlubbers terms).

    Ironically John Wayne’s character addresses a similar situation in his landmark movie, “The High And The Mighty.”

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