5 Killed After Small Plane Crashes Into Santa Ana Parking Lot

SANTA ANA, CA — Five people died Sunday after a small plane crashed in a parking lot across the street from the South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana. The incident was reported around 12:29 p.m. in the 3900 block of Bristol Street near the border of Santa Ana, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Dashcam footage posted on Twitter showed a plane diving downward out of the sky before disappearing.

Only one parked car in the crowded parking lot was hit and destroyed, and the plane leaked jet fuel, which did not catch fire, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito said at a news conference at 2:15 p.m.

“I don’t know anything about what this pilot did, or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic,” Bommarito 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. “

The twin-engine plane is a 1973 Cessna 414 with seven seats. It is registered as belonging to Category III Aviation Corp. out of San Francisco, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash site is about one mile northwest of the northern end of the runway at John Wayne Orange County Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board said it’s investigating the crash.

The victims of the crash were not immediately identified.

–City News Service contributed to this report/Photo courtesy of Ellaphant

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