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The twin-engine Cessna plane was en route to John Wayne Airport when the pilot declared an emergency and crashed around 12:30 pm local time in Santa Ana yesterday, near the South Coast Plaza shopping mall, CNN reported. East Bay woman ID'd as one of Southern California plane crash victimsGhanadan was a realtor at Pacific Union in Danville.

"Flying out to LA", she posted on her Instagram account with the photo of her donning sunglasses and a broad grin.

Pacific Union, a San Francisco-based brokerage, is the eighth-largest brokerage by sales volume in the country, according to its website. The pilot, Scott Shepherd, owned the consulting firm, Category III. He said the women were on their way to participate in a real estate industry conference in Anaheim called the Tom Ferry Success Summit.

Ghanadan loved to cook Persian and American food and loved dancing.

Family and friends remembered Ghanadan in a series of Facebook tributes in the wake of her death.

"There was just nothing left and you could smell the gas", Kathy Hayden said. "Just always the life of the party".

Their plane took off from Concord and was heading for John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana.

The Cessna 414 aircraft had declared an emergency before the incident, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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The driver of a auto struck by the aircraft was shopping inside Staples at the time, according to O.C. Fire Authority.

Steve Concialdi said the Cessna was heading to the airport when it went down and struck an empty parked vehicle in the lot of a Staples store and a CVS pharmacy.

The Orange County Fire Authority, who responded on the scene, said they were lucky the crash wasn't as deadly as it could have been. Eyewitnesses saw the plane make a turn and then go straight to the ground, nose-down.

Floria had two sons, Navid Hakimi and Aden Hakimi.

"Spending the day with both her and my attractive son is literally all I could have asked for", he wrote.

Lara Shepherd was relatively new to the business, but successful, according to Moggan. He was a great cook, and she knew about art, said neighbor Kate Montgomery.

Friends and associates said all five were employees of Pacific Union International.

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