5 people killed in Orange County plane crash ID’d

Five people killed in a plane crash Sunday afternoon in Santa Ana were Bay Area realtors and consultants headed to a conference in Southern California when their Cessna lost power and crashed into a Santa Ana parking lot.

A small plane crashed near the parking lot of a mall in the USA state of California, killing all five people on board, the authorities said. Video taken by people on the ground and posted on social media shows a crumpled airplane with two broken sections and at least one body outside the aircraft.

All of the victims, none of whom were immediately identified, were aboard the twin-engine Cessna when it went down at about 12:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET) as it was headed for an emergency landing at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana. He says there was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt.

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

Bystanders told journalists they saw the plane falling nose-first. Investigators from the FAA and NTSB are trying to determine what caused the crash.

The plane went down in a parking lot just outside a Staples business supply store about 1½ miles from the airport.

The coroner identified the five plane crash victims as 53-year-old Scott Shephard, the CEO of San Francisco-based real estate company Category III; his wife, Lara, 42; Floria Hakimi, 62; Navid Hakimi, 32 and Nasim Ghanadan, 29. The car's owner was fortunately inside the mall shopping when their vehicle was hit.

  • Rogelio Becker