5 killed after plane crashes in California parking lot

Five people were reportedly killed Sunday when an airplane crashed into a shopping center parking lot in Santa Ana, California. The nearby intersection of Sunflower Avenue at Bristol Street was closed in all four directions near the crash, just northeast of the mall and on the city boundary between Costa Mesa and Santa Ana, OCFA Capt.

Five people have died after a light plane crashed into a carpark in Southern California.

The twin-engine aircraft declared an emergency on Sunday afternoon before crashing about a mile from John Wayne Airport in California.

The aircraft was heading to John Wayne Airport, but it was unclear where it was coming from, according to spokeswoman Deanne Thompson.

The parking lot is shared by a CVS pharmacy, a Wells Fargo Bank branch, and a Michaels art-supply store among others.

The plane also hit a auto, but no one in that vehicle was reported injured. Tony Bommarito, the public information officer with Orange County Fire Authority.

Referring to the pilot, Bommarito said: "If he did do anything that prevented him from going anywhere else that was more crowded, he did a great job". The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III and had left Concord, according to an FAA database. The FAA launched an investigation into the crash, and added that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.