Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300, N4747H: Accident occurred July 25, 2018 at Catalina Airport (KAVX), Avalon, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Upon landing, aircraft ran off runway at the departure end of runway 22.

Date: 25-JUL-18
Time: 16:30:00Z
Regis#: N4747H
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 32
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

AVALON, Calif. (AP) - Three people were injured in a plane crash Wednesday at the notoriously tricky airport on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast.

One person severely injured in the 9:30 a.m. crash was taken to the hospital in critical condition, while two others had moderate injuries, Los Angeles County fire spokesman Marvin Lim said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a tweet that all three people are OK, and it posted photos of the partially crumpled plane in a dirt area and first responders treating a man.

The Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300 went off the runway after landing, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The airport's phone number was ringing busy, and officials there didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

The airport's website says the runway where the crash happened begins at the edge of a 1,500-foot (2,410-kilometer) cliff, making it similar to landing on an aircraft carrier in the sky.

The site warns pilots that there's a strong downdraft as planes approach the end of the runway and an uphill slope that can cause "approach and flare problems." There are no visual cues to determine altitude, and pilots must rely on altimeters, the airport says.

Most flying clubs require pilots landing for the first time at Catalina to be accompanied by a pilot with experience there, the airport says.

It's unclear how much experience the pilot in Wednesday's crash had at landing at the airport.

Original article ➤

Three people were taken to the hospital following a plane crash Wednesday on Catalina Island, authorities said.

About 9:45 a.m., lifeguards with the Los Angeles County Fire Department rushed to the scene of the crash at Catalina Airport and recovered three people, the agency said in a tweet. The three were taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the trio was aboard a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee 300. The plane had gone off the end of the runway, officials said.

Photos taken by the sheriff’s Avalon branch show the plane’s nose sloped toward the ground and its propellers crumpled under the body of the plane. A yellow tarp covered part of the cabin.

Original article can be found here ➤

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