Dramatic video shows plane nosedive before deadly crash in Southern California

Plane crash in California parking lot kills five people

Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi says the Cessna was heading to the airport when it came down and struck an empty parked auto in the lot of a Staples store. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

Ella Pham and her boyfriend were walking across the lot Sunday when they saw the twin-engine Cessna plummet.

The plane was running on 100 octane gas, which spilled during the crash, OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

The victims all worked for a Northern California real estate consulting firm and were on their way to a real estate conference in Orange County, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villarreal. East Bay woman ID'd as one of Southern California plane crash victimsGhanadan was a realtor at Pacific Union in Danville. Lara's husband, Scott, was also a real estate developer in the Bay Area, according to her profile on the Pacific Union website.

Along with Shepherd, the victims have been identified as: Nasim Ghanadan, 29; Lara Shepherd, 42; Floria Hakimi, 62 and 32-year-old Navid Hakimi.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the flight tower at a nearby John Wayne Airport gave approval for the aircraft to land at one of its runways after the plane's pilot declared an emergency, before ultimately crashing. Tony Bommarito with the Orange County Fire Authority says. 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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Video shared on social media showed the plane dropping quickly to the ground, and photos from the scene showed the remains of the aircraft crumpled in the parking lot.

Their plane took off from Concord and was heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

"Our entire Pacific Union family is mourning the loss of our colleagues, family and friends", CEO Mark McLaughlin said in a statement. Floria was Navid's mother, according to KCBS.

The 1973 Cessna was registered to San Francisco-based Category III Aviation Corp., FAA records show.

Customers ran from the restaurant into the lot and saw the wreckage of the white Cessna with green and blue trim.

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