Pilot, 4 passengers identified after being killed in Santa Ana plane crash

Pilot, 4 passengers identified after being killed in Santa Ana plane crash

Pilot, 4 passengers identified after being killed in Santa Ana plane crash

KABC said four people were killed, citing Santa Ana police.

The plane was about one mile from its destination, John Wayne Airport, before the crash.

The single-engine aircraft bounced while attempting to land at the Montgomery Field Airport around 5.25pm local time, became airborne again and then crashed in a nearby Costco parking lot, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor.

All five on board, including Hakimi's son Navid Hakimi, Lara Shepherd and Nasim Ghanadan, were real estate consultants. Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson Tony Bommarito said it was a wonder that while the crew and passengers of the plane died on the spot, nobody got injured on the ground.

The plane struck a parked vehicle, but the occupant was inside a store and was not injured, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt.


Fire authorities were called at 12:28 local time (19:28 GMT) after the small plane hit a parked red auto, while its owner was in a shop.

Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly.

"I saw the plane come around and I realized it was probably going to come down", witness Alex Perkins told KCBS. The pilot, Scott Shepherd, owned the consulting firm, Category III.

"We looked up to see the plane falling nose first", Ella Pham, 20, of Santa Ana, said Sunday. The FAA launched an investigation into the crash, and added that the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause.

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