Five people killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

Five killed after plane crashes near South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana

The plane left the Buchanan Field Airport in Concord at 10:23 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 12:30 p.m., according to FlightAware.com.

When the engine failed the aircraft began free-falling from the sky and before landing in an empty parked auto outside of a Staples store.

The Orange County Fire Authority said fire and rescue units were sent to a the 3900 block of Bristol Street for a report of a plane down.

Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in the auto park on Sunday when they saw the crash, she told the Los Angeles Times.

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It was a close call for at least one person, whose vehicle got damaged in the incident.

The Cessna 414 aircraft had declared an emergency before the incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plane struck a parked auto but no one on the ground was injured, he said. Witnesses, meanwhile, say that it appeared that the pilot did not attempt to slow down or take another course as the aircraft was falling on the parking lot. "It didn't even look like it was trying to land", Ella Pham told USA Today.

The pilot and four passengers who were killed when a small plane crashed in a Santa Ana parking lot have been identified.

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