Five dead as plane crashes into shopping centre auto park in California

Lloyd Doyle
August 6, 2018

The Cessna 414 Chancellor crashed in Santa Ana, approximately a mile from John Wayne Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Arlene Salac.

The pilot had declared an emergency before the incident, and national transportation authorities are now investigating the cause of the crash.

Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in the vehicle park on Sunday when they saw the crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. Luckily, the driver of the parked auto was shopping inside the store when the plane descended on his vehicle, the spokesman said. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority.

Bystanders told journalists they saw the plane falling nose-first.

"There was no fire, no flames, no smoke, nothing".

The location of the crash is between the cities of Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, about 40 minutes south of Los Angeles.

Images from the scene showed the wreckage of the jet in the middle of parked cars.

The parking lot is shared by a pharmacy, a bank and an art-supply store.

The crash came about a year after a twin-engine airplane burst into flames as it crash-landed on the 405 Freeway just a few miles away after taking off from John Wayne Airport.

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