Catalina Island

Incident at Catalina Island Airport, Small Plane Crash


AVALON — A single-engine Cessna 172 airplane missed the runway while landing at the Catalina Island Airport in the Sky at 4:08 p.m. on Thursday, October1, and fell onto the roadway below. Witnesses said the three people who were in the airplane were able to leave the wreckage on their own.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Fire departments were summoned to the scene. The Catalina Island Conservancy operates the Airport in the Sky, and its airport staff and rangers assisted the pilot and two passengers.

“We thank our staff for their quick response, and our thoughts are with those who were in the aircraft,” said Tony Budrovich, Conservancy chief operating officer.