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Five dead in Southern California plane crash

06 August 2018

At least three people died after a twin-engine aircraft crashed in Santa Ana on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The crash site is about one mile northwest of the northern end of the runway at John Wayne Orange County Airport. There was no fire and nobody on the ground was hurt, he said.

Authorities say a small airplane has crashed near a Southern California mall parking lot.

KTLA reported that the twin-engine aircraft went down near South Coast Plaza and the crash happened in the parking lot of a Staples store.

The plane is registered to the San Francisco-based real estate company Category III, according to an FAA database.

The Orange County Fire Authority and Costa Mesa fire units were on scene in the 3900 block of Bristol Street in Santa Ana, which is near South Coast Plaza. It was not immediately clear from where the flight originated and a phone call to the company was not immediately returned Sunday. The cause of the incident will be investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.