Pilot, 4 passengers identified after being killed in Santa Ana plane crash

Roman Schwartz
August 6, 2018

The plane left the Buchanan Field Airport in Concord at 10:23 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana at 12:30 p.m., according to FlightAware.com.

No one on the ground was hurt and there were no other passengers in the plane. All of the wreckage appeared to be contained within the parking lot and video broadcast by NBC news showed the aircraft plunging straight into the lot.

Passersby immediately gathered at the sidewalk taking photos of the scene as firefighters were attending to the incident.

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi says the Cessna was heading to the airport when it came down and struck an empty parked vehicle in the lot of a Staples store. There were no injuries on the ground, according to OCFA.

The plane also hit a auto, but no one in that vehicle was reported injured.

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"Fortunately, that person was inside the store shopping at the time of the impact", he added.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said the pilot of the twin-engine Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing. "It didn't even look like it was trying to land", she told USA TODAY.

But all five people on board the plane were killed in the crash.

"I don't know anything about what this pilot did or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic", Bommarito said.

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