A small plane crashes near an airport on Catalina Island

AVALON, Calif. (AP) – Officials say a small plane with two people aboard has crashed near the airport on Santa Catalina Island in Southern California.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department says the two people survived the crash and were taken by helicopter to a Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, but there was no immediate word on the extent of their injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Cessna 172 that had taken off from Long Beach Airport crashed under unknown circumstances at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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