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Three hospitalized after Catalina plane crash

October 3, 2010 |  7:06 pm

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