There were no other passengers in the plane, and nobody on the ground was hurt.
The Cessna 414 Chancellor crashed in Santa Ana, approximately a mile from John Wayne Airport, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman Arlene Salac.
Photos of the incident show the plane's debris scattered among the palms that surround the parking space.More news: 'Never, ever threaten the United States again': Trump lashes out at Iran
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. There were no injuries on the ground, according to OCFA. A vehicle can be seen parked mere meters from the wreckage.
It was a close call for at least one person, whose auto got damaged in the incident. According to the FAA, the pilot of the aircraft, which is registered to a San Franciso corportation, declared a Mayday shortly before the crash. East Bay woman ID'd as one of Southern California plane crash victimsGhanadan was a realtor at Pacific Union in Danville.
But all five people on board the plane were killed in the crash.More news: Fear mounts as hurricane ploughs towards Hawaii's volcano
Bystanders told journalists they saw the plane falling nose-first.
"I don't know anything about what this pilot did or what he was thinking, but it could have been much more tragic", Bommarito said.More news: Charlotte Rae, Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life, Dies at 92