Plane crashes in California parking lot; all 5 onboard killed

Plane crashes in California parking lot; all 5 onboard killed

Plane crashes in California parking lot; all 5 onboard killed

All five passengers aboard the small plane were killed on Sunday.

It was not clear if any people on the ground were injured in the incident. Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are trying to determine what caused the crash.

Fire authorities were called about the crash around 12:30 p.m. local time.

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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. Authorities have no other information about the flight at this time, Bommarito said.

Jesse Perez was eating lunch with a friend at Buffalo Wild Wings, which shares the parking lot, when he heard the crash.

The plane is registered to a San Francisco-based real estate consulting company, Category III, according to an FAA database. "It, like, lost control, and it was twirling, and the more twirl, the more lower it came down, and then we heard the bang", Connie Hernandez told ABC7. "We really didn't think it was a plane at first due to no crashing noise, but as soon as we saw people running from across the street we went to go check it out". It lost control and it just fell straight down. "It didn't even look like it was trying to land", she told USA TODAY. They said she was 29 years old. The parking lot is shared by Staples, a CVS drug store, a Michaels' decorations store, and a Wells Fargo Bank branch.

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