5 killed after plane nosedived in California parking lot

A firefighter is seen near the wreckage of an airplane after it crashed in Santa Ana on Sunday Aug. 5 2018

Steve Concialdi said the Cessna was heading to the airport when it went down and struck an empty parked auto in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy.

Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the plane to abruptly crash.

Police Chief Danielle Outlaw, who assumed command less than a year ago as Portland's first black female police chief, said in a statement that she takes all use-of-force cases seriously. "Unfortunately, it was tragic that five people died on the plane", Capt. The 4 passengers worked for a real estate company in San Francisco and were presumably on a business trip.

McLaughlin says Hakimi's son Navid Hakimi and Shepherd's husband Scott Shepherd, the plane's pilot, were also killed Sunday.

The pilot of the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before the plane crashed in the parking lot of a Staples office supply store in the 3800 block of Bristol Street, near the South Coast Plaza shopping center, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The coroner identified the other victims as Lara Shepherd, Floria and Navid Hakimi, and Nasim Ghanadan.

Family and friends remembered Ghanadan in a series of Facebook tributes in the wake of her death. "You just felt the ground move", she told the New York Times.

There was no explosion upon impact, but the plane fell on a red Chevrolet sedan and damaged 3 other cars in the parking lot.

The crash site is a little more than a mile away from John Wayne Airport.

Twin-engine Cessna EN route to the local airport John Wayne, fell in the quarter from a major shopping center South Coast Plaza on a parked auto, whose driver at this time, fortunately, was in the store.

The National Transportation Safety Board's Albert Nixon said he didn't know Monday how much time elapsed between the distress call and the crash.

Friends and associates said all five were employees of Pacific Union International.

The plane was owned by Category III Aviation Corp., a San Francisco-based real estate consulting firm, according to KCBS. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority. California is no stranger to planes crashing out of the blue.

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