Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

NTSB investigators begin probe of deadly plane crash

A firefighter is seen near the wreckage of an airplane after it crashed in Santa Ana on Sunday Aug. 5 2018 KABC A firefighter is seen near the wreckage of an airplane after it crashed in Santa Ana on Sunday Aug. 5 2018
Charlie Simmons | 08 August, 2018, 16:14

Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority said the accident could have been much worse.

All of the people aboard the plane died in the crash.

"And somebody - one of the patrons - yelled, and they looked up and saw the plane coming down towards the parking lot", agency spokesman Steve Concialdi said.

No one was hurt on the ground as the twin-engine Cessna 414 aircraft clipped an unoccupied auto, but "fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of impact", Orange County Fire Authority Capt. East Bay woman ID'd as one of Southern California plane crash victimsGhanadan was a realtor at Pacific Union in Danville.

All five on board, including Hakimi's son Navid Hakimi, Lara Shepherd and Nasim Ghanadan, were real estate consultants.

Taylor Darling-Daniel, a local resident, who lived near the crash site said that she was eating her lunch with her friend while watching a plane doing tricks at low altitude.

The five people were reportedly taking a work-related trip when the flight took a horrifying turn as it nose-dived into a parked vehicle in a Staples parking lot, instantly killing those on board. He said Shepherd and her family had moved from Piedmont to Contra Costa County about a year and a half ago and were excited to be in the area.

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Small plane Cessna 414 departed from Concord, collapsed 2 miles from John Wayne in California.

NTSB investigators arrived at the crash scene about 11 p.m. Sunday and left about two hours later to await daylight, a videographer reported from the scene. Several streets surrounding a nearby shopping centre and the South Coast Plaza mall are closed.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac says the twin-engine Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometres) from Orange County's John Wayne Airport.

The same address was also listed for Floria and Navid Hakimi.

Shepherd was the owner of a San Francisco real estate consulting firm, Category III Aviation Corp.

Friends and associates said all five were employees of Pacific Union International. Eyewitnesses saw the plane make a turn and then go straight to the ground, nose-down.

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