Three of the five people who died in a plane crash in Southern California on Sunday afternoon worked in the same real estate office in Danville, according to the company.
The Orange County coroner has identified the victims as Scott Shepherd, 53, and Lara Shepherd, 42, both of Diablo, Floria Hakimi, 62, of Danville, Navid Hakimi, 32, of Los Angeles, and Nasim Ghanadan, 29, of Alamo.
Floria Hakimi, Lara Shepherd and Nasim Ghanadan were all realtors at the Danville office of Pacific Union International. Scott Shepherd was Lara’s husband and the pilot of the plane, while Navid Hakimi was Floria’s son.
Pacific Union chief executive officer Mark McLaughlin said in a statement:
“Our entire Pacific Union family is mourning the loss of our colleagues, family and friends. … Life is precious and we are focused on comforting the loved ones affected by this devastating event.”
According to the coroner, the plane crashed around 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Staples store in Santa Ana.
The Cessna 414 aircraft took off earlier Sunday from Buchanan Field Airport in Concord and was registered to San Francisco-based Category III Aviation Corp., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The crash of the twin-engine plane, which was manufactured in 1973, did not injure anyone on the ground in Santa Ana, authorities said.
FAA officials said someone on the plane declared an emergency before crashing. The crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.