Five Dead In California 414 Crash (Updated)

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Five people were killed Sunday afternoon after a Cessna 414 arriving into Santa Ana, California's Orange County Airport crashed into the parking lot of a nearby mall. Although a car in the lot was damaged, authorities said Sunday evening there appeared to be no injuries on the ground and no fire was reported.

According to FlightAware, the aircraft departed from Buchanan Field north of San Francisco at 10:23 a.m. Sunday and crashed into the parking lot of a Staples Supercenter at about 12:30 p.m. According to the FAA, the pilot of the aircraft, which is registered to a San Francisco real estate corporation, declared an emergency shortly before the crash. A dashcam video obtained by an NBC affiliate shows the aircraft descending in what appears to be a vertical dive. All of the wreckage appeared to be contained within the parking lot. AVweb will have more information when it becomes available.

Comments (4)

No fire. Hmmm.

Posted by: Gary Kerr | August 6, 2018 9:42 AM    Report this comment

My thoughts exactly. And the vertical dive implies a likely stall due to airspeed mismanagement.

Posted by: Marc Rodstein | August 6, 2018 12:56 PM    Report this comment

My thoughts exactly --- perhaps a dual engine "failure" and an attempt to stretch the glide to SNA.

Posted by: Linda Pendleton | August 6, 2018 4:37 PM    Report this comment

Concur with the above comments - since there was no fire or explosion, it sounds like fuel exhaustion followed by airspeed mismanagement, leading to the classic stall/spin scenario.

Posted by: Greg Reitenour | August 6, 2018 5:55 PM    Report this comment

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