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5 Killed After Plane from Concord Crashes in SoCal Parking Lot

SANTA ANA (CBS/AP/BCN) -- A Cessna 414 aircraft that took off from Concord's Buchanan Airport crashed in Santa Ana Sunday, killing five people aboard the plane, according to authorities.

The plane crashed into a Santa Ana parking lot, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Orange County Fire Authority.

The pilot declared an emergency before crashing at 12:28 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot about a mile from John Wayne Airport.

There were no reported injuries on the ground, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of Orange County Fire.

The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked car in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy.

Photos from the scene showed the plane upright but on its belly. Several roads surrounding the shopping center and the South Coast Plaza mall across the street were closed.

The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III, according to an FAA database. A phone call to the company was not immediately returned Sunday.

KPIX 5 has learned the five people who were killed when their plane crashed were from the Bay Area. All of the victims worked for a real estate firm and were traveling to attend a conference.

The victims were identified Sunday night, but the families are still notifying loved ones, so KPIX 5 is respecting their wishes not to reveal their identities.

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

© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this report

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