All five people aboard a small plane were killed when it crashed in the parking lot of a shopping centre near Anaheim, California, on Sunday, The New York Times reported.

The plane was going to the nearby John Wayne Airport when it crashed around 12.30 pm (1 am Indian time on Monday) near the South Coast Plaza shopping mall, authorities said. The plane hit an unoccupied parked car.

The authorities have not yet identified those killed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.