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Plane crashes on Catalina, sparks brush fire

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AVALON, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County fire officials say a plane has crashed on Catalina Island and sparked a brushfire but there's no immediate word on the fate of whoever was aboard.

Fire Inspector Frederic Stowers says an unknown type of plane went down shortly after 1 p.m. Thursday near Pebbly Beach.

Stowers says it's not known whether anyone aboard the plane or on the ground was hurt.

He says the crash sparked a 3- to 5-acre brushfire. About 20 firefighters are battling the flames on the ground and with the aid of helicopters.

Catalina has a small airport for flights to and from the mainland.

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