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3 Escape Injury in Plane Crash off Catalina

November 04, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

Three people in a Piper Cherokee airplane that crashed Saturday into the waters just off Catalina Island survived without injuries, authorities said.

At 4:48 p.m., the Sheriff Department station in Avalon received a call from the Catalina Airport reporting a plane with engine problems, Deputy Douglas Miller said. "The caller [told the airport] they were going to ditch the plane in the water," Miller said.

Shortly after, the single engine aircraft crashed about four miles south of Isthmus Cove, Coast Guard Ensign Kamilah McKain said. A private boat nearby picked up the three from the water, she said.

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