Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Plane crash in Staples parking lot kills five near Los Angeles

Plane crash in Staples parking lot kills five near Los Angeles

Los Angeles reported the plane went down around 12:30 p.m. local time.

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

The crash occurred in the parking lot of a shopping complex that includes Staples, a CVS drug store and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. He said it appeared that the plane "went down pretty abruptly", and added that while the plane leaked jet fuel, it didn't ignite.

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"No one on the ground was injured", said Capt.

"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.

Five persons have been killed after a small aircraft crashed in Santa Ana city in the U.S. state of California, officials said.

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Shocking new footage shows the aircraft falling from the sky moments before five victims were killed.

The FAA arrived on the scene about 4 p.m. and the National Transportation Safety Board representatives were expected this evening, Bommarito said.

A spokesperson for Pacific Union revealed all of the passengers on the aircraft were employees of the real estate company. The pilot was 53-year-old Scott Shepherd, a Diablo resident; 62-year-old Floria Hakimi from Danville; 42-year-old Lara Shepherd from Diablo; 32-year-old Navid Hakimi of Los Angeles; and 29-year-old Naseem Ghanadan from Alamo.

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