Small plane crashes in Southern California parking lot; 5 killed, authorities say

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Sta. Ana - Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see.

Five people were killed Sunday when a small plane trying to make an emergency landing crashed in a shopping center parking lot in Orange County, California, southeast of Los Angeles, authorities said.

Bystanders told journalists they saw the plane falling nose-first.

The crash site is a little more than a mile away from John Wayne Airport.

The plane was headed to John Wayne Airport, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also reported the plane hit a vehicle but did not injure anyone on the ground.

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There were no other passengers in the plane, and nobody on the ground was hurt.

Five people were killed when a twin-engine aircraft crashed near the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Costa Mesa today. 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.

A phone call to the company was not immediately returned Sunday.

The agency will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause of the accident, the FAA said in a tweet.

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