5 people die in plane crash in California mall parking lot

Aaron Brown
August 7, 2018

A victim of Sunday's plane crash in Santa Ana, California, took one final photo hours before the plane's nosedive led to the deaths of herself and five other passengers.

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

The Cessna 414, with Shepherd at the controls, crashed into the parking lot of the South Coast Plaza shopping center just before 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The Orange County coroner's office on Monday identified the victims as Scott Shepherd, 53, of Diablo; Lara Shepherd, 42, of Diablo; Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo; Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville; and Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles. In what local authorities call a miracle, no one was hurt on the ground. All of the wreckage appeared to be contained within the parking lot and video broadcast by NBC news showed the aircraft plunging straight into the lot. But all five people on board the plane were killed in the crash.

"I saw the plane come around and I realized it was probably going to come down", witness Alex Perkins told KCBS.

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The plane struck a vehicle, but the driver was shopping inside Staples at the time, according to O.C. Fire Authority.

A driver captured the moment the plane spiraled to the ground on a dashboard camera.

The plane is registered to Category III, according to an FAA database.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will each investigate.

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