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Plane skids off Catalina runway during 'hot' landing

May 29, 2010 |  5:02 pm

A single-engine plane landing at Santa Catalina Island's airport Saturday ran off the runway, resulting in minor injuries to the two adults and two children on board, according to aviation and fire officials.

“They came in hot, too fast,” said Capt. Dave Gillotte of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “They had to decide whether to lift off or hit the brakes.”

The pilot braked, sending the plane into a skid and toppling over the end of the runway and down a steep embankment, he said. It stopped in the brush about 100 feet off the tarmac at the Airport in the Sky.

The  occupants  were taken to Avalon Hospital, where they were treated and released. One suffered a broken wrist, Gillotte said.

The plane, a Cirrus SR22, had taken off from Corona Municipal Airport, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m.

--Alan Zarembo