5 people die in plane crash in California mall parking lot


All five passengers aboard a small plane were killed on Sunday when the aircraft crashed in a SouthernCalifornia mall parking lot, according to local authorities.

The twin-engine 1973 Cessna light plane, bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, had roughly a mile to go till the airport when it crashed on the parking lot in front of the Staples store. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said. "This was a Sunday afternoon, and we have people shopping, so the fact that we have no injuries on the ground is a miracle in itself". Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority.

No one on the ground was injured, but an unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot was extensively damaged. Luckily, the driver of the parked auto was shopping inside the store when the plane descended on his vehicle, the spokesman said.

Five people have died after a light plane crashed into a carpark in Southern California.

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Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see.

FAA records show that the plane was registered to a company based in San Francisco and had flown from the nearby suburb of Concord, according to The Orange County Register.

The FAA launched an investigation into the crash and added that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.