Three passengers in critical condition after plane goes off runway at Catalina Airport

Small engine plane crash
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and firefighters assist three people who were involved in a single-engine plane crash on Catalina Island.
(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Three people were taken to the hospital following a plane crash Wednesday on Catalina Island, authorities said.

About 9:45 a.m., lifeguards with the Los Angeles County Fire Department rushed to the scene of the crash at Catalina Airport and recovered three people, the agency said in a tweet. The three were taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the trio was aboard a single-engine Piper PA-32. The plane had gone off the end of the runway, officials said.


Photos taken by the sheriff’s Avalon branch show the plane’s nose sloped toward the ground and its propellers crumpled under the body of the plane. A yellow tarp covered part of the cabin.

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