5 killed after plane nosedived in California parking lot

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The five people killed in a plane crash in a Santa Ana parking lot were identified Monday.

Nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna suddenly nosedived Sunday during its approach to John Wayne Airport southeast of Los Angeles.

They were identified as pilot Scott Shepherd, 53; Lara Shepherd, 42; Floria Hakimi, 62; Nasim Ghanadan, 29, all of the Bay Area; and 32-year-old Navid Hakimi, of Los Angeles. A parked auto was destroyed when the aircraft went down outside a busy shopping center, but the vehicle was unoccupied at the time, the AP reported. 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.

"Bodies were hanging from out the side of the plane", witness Jesse Perez told the Orange County Register.

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Photos from the scene showed the plane crumpled and broken apart and the vehicle damaged.

Photos from the scene show the plane upright but on its belly outside the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Santa Ana, where wreckage was seen in front of a Staples store. The pilot, Scott Shepherd, owned the consulting firm, Category III.

A medical group has been established to handle patient care and treatment, said the Orange County Fire Authority.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will each investigate.

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