The plane was running on 100 octane gas, which spilled during the crash, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said. Spokesman of the Federal aviation administration Arlene Salak (Arlene Salac) said that on Board were 5 people, and they all died.
Emma Gonzales, who works at the Buffalo Wild Wings in the strip mall, said she felt the building shake. "It wasn't much devastation [on the ground] other than the actual plane crash". Lara, Floria and Ghanadan worked as real estate agents at Pacific Union in San Francisco, according to the agency's website.
The Orange County coroner's office on Monday identified the victims as 53-year-old Scott Shepherd and 42-year-old Lara Shepherd of Diablo, California; 62-year-old Floria Hakimi of Danville, California; 32-year-old Navid Hakimi of Los Angeles; and 29-year-old Nasim Ghanadan of Alamo, California.
The flight tower at nearby John Wayne Airport gave approval for the plane to land after the pilot declared an emergency, but moments later, the plane crashed.
The incident occurred at 12:28 p.m.in the 3800 block of Bristol Street, a spokesperson for the Santa Ana Police Department said, adding that no one on the ground was injured.
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An earlier version of this article said that the plane crashed in the parking lot of South Coast Plaza.
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.
Twin-engine Cessna EN route to the local airport John Wayne, fell in the quarter from a major shopping center South Coast Plaza on a parked vehicle, whose driver at this time, fortunately, was in the store. He said there was no fire and that nobody on the ground was hurt.
Customers ran from the restaurant into the lot and saw the wreckage of the white Cessna with green and blue trim.
According to an FAA database, the aircraft is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III.
Friends and associates said all five were employees of Pacific Union International.
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