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Two occupants of a small plane were hospitalized after the aircraft crashed late Sunday afternoon near an airport on Catalina Island, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Plane wreckage is seen after a crash on Catalina Island on April 17, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

Plane wreckage is seen after a crash on Catalina Island on April 17, 2016. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

The Cessna 172 had departed from Long Beach Airport and was just short of a Catalina Airport runway about 4:30 p.m. when it crashed under “unknown circumstances,” said Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

One of the plane’s two occupants initially remained inside after the crash, while the other person was outside the aircraft, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Photos tweeted by the county Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Bureau showed a deputy being lowered from a helicopter to the scene, with extraction tools to free the victims from the wreckage.

Both patients were then airlifted to a hospital in unknown condition, The Times reported, citing a Fire Department spokesman.

The incident was being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, according to the newspaper.

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