On August 5, 2018, a twin-engine Cessna 414 crashed in a parking lot in Santa Ana, killing all five people aboard the aircraft. No one on the ground was injured.
The fatal Orange County plane crash occurred at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the 3800 block of Bristol Street near the South Coast Plaza mall. According to a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilot Scott Shepherd declared an emergency just before the small plane went down roughly a mile away from John Wayne Airport, the plane’s destination.
According to FAA records, the Cessna 414 was owned by Category III Aviation Corp., a San Francisco real estate consulting firm.
Victims of Fatal Orange County Plane Crash Identified
The Orange County coroner’s office released the names of the victims:
- Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo
- Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles
- Lara Shepherd, 42, of Diablo
- Scott Shepherd, 53, of Diablo
- Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville
Lara Shepherd, Floria Hakimi and Nasim Ghanadan were all Bay Area realtors with Pacific Union International traveling with family members. Lara’s husband, Scott, was also a real estate developer in the Bay Area. He was piloting the plane at the time of the Cessna crash. Navid Hakimi was Floria Hakimi’s son.
How Did the Cessna Plane Crash in Santa Ana Happen?
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the cause of the plane crash near South Coast Plaza. Albert Nixon of the NTSB told the media that Cessna pilot Scott Shepherd declared an emergency prior to the crash but did not specify what the problem was.
Witnesses to the crash said the plane entered into a steep nosedive before it struck four vehicles in a parking lot. The Cessna 414 did not catch fire, but the aircraft was barely recognizable in the wake of the crash, crumpled into several pieces.
“Usually, no fire after a crash like this suggests there was no fuel in the tank,” says aviation attorney Timothy A. Loranger. “While that is not absolute, it certainly is something the FAA and NTSB will be looking at in their investigation. If there was no fuel in the tank, the question that will need to be answered is, why?”
Los Angeles Aviation Attorneys
If you lost a loved one in the plane crash in Santa Ana, the Southern California law firm of Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman has experience dealing with investigating and litigating small plane crashes. Our team of aviation attorneys includes experienced Board Certified Civil Trial lawyers who know what it takes to successfully resolve personal injury and wrongful death claims against plane companies, aircraft manufacturers, aircraft maintenance shops, air-traffic controllers, or any other negligent party.
Over the last 40 years, we have represented victims from over 650 aviation accidents in the United States and abroad. We understand and are supportive of our clients’ personal and emotional needs in the aftermath of tragedy, and we are relentless in our legal pursuit of truth, justice and accountability.
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