California plane crash killed 3 co-workers

Costa Mesa Mall Plane Crash

Five persons have been killed after a small aircraft crashed in Santa Ana city in the U.S. state of California, officials said. The Orange County coroner's office released the names of Navid Hakami, 32, of Los Angeles; and Bay Area residents Scott Shepherd, 53; Lara Shepherd, 42; Floria Hakami, 62; and Nasim Ghanadan, 29. "You just felt the ground move", she said.

The twin-engine 1973 Cessna light plane, bound for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, had roughly a mile to go till the airport when it crashed on the parking lot in front of the Staples store.

The plane hit a vehicle but nobody in the auto was hurt, said Stephen Concialdi, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.

"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane", said Perez, adding that emergency workers were there within minutes. Several streets surrounding a nearby shopping center and the South Coast Plaza mall are closed.




All five victims were passengers on the plane, according to the report.

According to the FAA, the pilot of the aircraft, which is registered to a San Franciso corportation, declared a Mayday shortly before the crash. The pilot, Scott Shepherd, owned the consulting firm, Category III.

The Orange County Fire Department said the plane's engine cut out before it could make it to the airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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