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Three hospitalized after Catalina plane crash

Two men and a woman who were injured in the crash Sunday afternoon of a Cessna 310 twin-engine plane on Catalina Island were in stable condition in mainland hospitals, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said Sunday evening.

“All are alert and oriented and very lucky,” Parker said.

The male pilot told a sheriff’s sergeant that he had taken off from Santa Ana and landed safely at Airport in the Sky on Catalina. Two passengers, a 50-year-old male and a 48-year-old female, boarded. The pilot took off from Runway 22, facing southwest. As he climbed, the pilot said, the left engine of the 1956 plane failed. The plane dived and crashed in a gulley about half a mile southeast of the airport.

Two of the victims were transported to a mainland hospital by Air Medevac ambulance; the third was taken by a sheriff’s rescue helicopter.

The crashed plane ignited a three-acre blaze that firefighters doused about 4:45 p.m.

--Martha Groves

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Then go to the sump drains to see if you can positively detect and then eliminate the same amount you just poured into the fuel tank. Good luck...you are gonna need it if you expect it to work.
Of course you can perform this test on any like aircraft as they all are built on the same jig and dye. One plane crashed with a sputtering engine and burned and the evidence is gone...NO...try the test on an aircraft just like the one that crashed..no problem...except for the NTSB and FAA.
Try it on the Cessna and let me know of the results. When the engine is heard to sputter it is not rocket science it is just more of the same cover-up been going on for decades. Pending the discovery of a major engine malfunction I suggest looking for undetectable water in the fuel tanks any time a Cessna lands off airport. NTSB will remove your engine place it on a test stand where they give it clean fuel and it runs just fine. Was the engine attached to your wing fuel tank or the test stand when it crashed?

Pilot needed more work on his engine out procedures, maybe?


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