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.
Times staff writer Jack Leonard contributed to this report.