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

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Five killed after a small plane crash

A small plane crashed in a Santa Ana, California parking lot, killing five people.

Five people were killed Sunday when a twin-engine plane has crashed in Southern California, parking lot, authorities said.

The Cessna 414 Chancellor, crashed in Santa Ana, about a mile from the John Wayne Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Arlene Salac. She added that the pilot of the aircraft had declared an emergency shortly before the crash.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said the plane struck an empty car on the lot, which services a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy. Concialdi added that no one on the ground was injured and there was no fire.

Photos from the scene showed the airplane upright, but on his stomach. Several roads around the mall and the South Coast Plaza mall on the other side of the street were closed.

The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company of Category III, according to an FAA database. It was not immediately clear where the flight originated, and a call to the company was not immediately returned Sunday.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash, Salac said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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