Small plane carrying 2 crashes near Catalina Island airport

A small plane with two people on board crashed Sunday evening just short of the runway as it tried to land at the airport on Catalina Island, authorities said.

The single-engine Cessna 172 was arriving from Long Beach when it crashed about 4:30 p.m., said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

One person was ejected during the crash near Airport in the Sky, said supervising fire dispatcher Ed Pickett.

A second person trapped at one point under the plane was later rescued and both victims were taken to a hospital via helicopter, said Kyle Sanford of Los Angeles County Fire Department. Their condition, he said, was unknown.


The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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Times staff writer Jack Leonard contributed to this report.