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Plane carrying 3 crashes on Catalina Island

A twin-engine plane carrying three passengers crashed on takeoff from Catalina Island on Sunday afternoon, officials said. (Dan Teckenoff, Catalina Islander Newspaper)

October 3, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A twin-engine plane carrying three passengers crashed on takeoff from Catalina Island on Sunday afternoon, officials said.Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Cessna 310 crashed about half a mile from the island's airfield, Airport in the Sky, about 3:40 p.m.

According to a source close to the investigation, two passengers suffered minor burns. The third person was injured badly.

The plane's pilot told investigators one of the engines lost power as he flew into a fog bank.

All three were treated for burns and were flown off the island to mainland hospitals.

Their identities have not been released.

According to a flight-tracking website, the plane had flown in Saturday from San Luis Obispo.

The crash sparked a three-acre grass fire that was put out in about an hour.


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