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3 Dead in Catalina Island Helicopter Crash

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A private touring helicopter operated by Island Express crashed at approximately 9:25 this morning in the rainy weather, killing 3 and injuring 3 more.
According to KFWB, the crash took place "on the west end of the island and caused a small fire that was quickly doused." The chopper hit the ground near the Banning House Lodge in Avalon. It is believed the the engine failed while flying over Isthmus cove. KNBC.com describes the incident as a crash or "hard landing."

The three injured parties have been transported to mainland hospitals, and the crash is being investigated.

Photo of Avalon on Catalina by Ralphman via Flickr