Small plane falls off Catalina Island runway

A small plane overshot the runway at Catalina Island, flipped over and landed on its roof in some brush, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities said the plane was landing around 12:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at Catalina’s Airport in the Sky, which has a notoriously tricky runway that begins at the edge of a cliff. Some pilots compare it to landing on an aircraft carrier.

The pilot made it onto the ground, but for some reason, the plane didn’t stop at the end of the runway and drove over the edge of a mountainside embankment before coming to rest, authorities said.

“The pilot and the passenger were able to climb out of the damaged plane,” the Avalon Sheriff’s Station said on its Facebook page. “Neither the pilot or the passenger suffered any injuries and there was no fire.”

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate exactly what caused the crash, the LASD said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children.