Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Plane crashes in California parking lot; all 5 onboard killed

A small twin-engine Cessna bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County crashed into the parking lot of a Staples office supply store on Sunday killing all five people aboard Orange County fire officials said Report: 5 killed in CA when plane crashes into parking lot
Lisa Bryan | 08 August, 2018, 16:14

"Fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of impact", Orange County Fire Authority's Tony Bommarito said. "It wasn't much devastation [on the ground] other than the actual plane crash".

Video shared on social media showed the plane dropping quickly to the ground, and photos from the scene showed the remains of the aircraft crumpled in the parking lot. One of them, 42-year-old Lara Shepherd, was married to the plane's 53-year-old pilot, Scott Shepherd.

The plane was running on 100 octane gas, which spilled during the crash, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in a parking lot Sunday when they saw a twin-engine Cessna crash, she told the Los Angeles Times.

The pilot, Scott Shepherd, was the owner of the firm.

Pacific Union, a San Francisco-based brokerage, is the eighth-largest brokerage by sales volume in the country, according to its website.

The five people were reportedly taking a work-related trip when the flight took a horrifying turn as it nose-dived into a parked auto in a Staples parking lot, instantly killing those on board. "I just knew- as low as it was and the way that it flipped-that's not a trick." said Darling-Daniel.


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

The pilot declared an emergency but didn't state the nature of his problem before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from John Wayne Airport, striking four parked cars, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Albert Nixon said today.

The crash site is just north of the popular South Coast Plaza shopping mall and a few blocks northwest of John Wayne Airport. California is no stranger to planes crashing out of the blue.

"Our entire Pacific Union family is mourning the loss of our colleagues, family and friends", CEO Mark McLaughlin said in a statement.

The same address was also listed for Floria and Navid Hakimi.

The 1973 Cessna 414 was registered to Category III Aviation Corp.in San Francisco company and had flown from the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Concord, according to FAA records.

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