The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.
The plane crashed just a block away from the mall.
Ghanadan worked as a real estate consultant who lived in the Bay Area.
Ella Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were just leaving the parking lot at the time of the crash.
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A small plane crashed in the parking lot of a strip mall outside of Anaheim, California, on Sunday, killing all five people on board, the authorities said. The pilot and all four passengers were killed.
The plane was heading to the airport southeast of Los Angeles when it came down and struck an unoccupied parked auto in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy, Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said.
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The victims include Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles; Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville; Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo; Scott Shepherd, 53, and Lara Shepherd, 42, both of Diablo, according to the Orange County Coroner. Scott Shepherd was the pilot.
The plane was registered to a company in San Francisco.
The crash did not ignite a fire, and nobody on the ground was hurt.
Tweets from people near the scene show a crumpled plane among the cars and palm trees of the parking lot.
The plane crashed near the shopping center South Coast Plaza in Santa Ana.
The plane was listed to a real estate consulting company in San Francisco, Category III Aviation Corp., and was traveling from San Francisco to John Wayne Airport, which is situated about a mile from the crash site.