The recent tragic accident of a small plane flying from Catalina Island to John Wayne’s Orange County Airport highlights a series of errors that led to the deaths of three people; a couple and the pilot.
The couple was vacationing at a prominent hotel in Orange County and one day they decide they wanted to visit Catalina, a small island off the OC coast. They arranged for a local agency, SkyBlue USA to fly them to Catalina. The owner and pilot was identified as Mark Hogland. Mark Hogland may have only had a private pilot’s license, not a commercial one that is required to fly people for hire.
Catalina Island has had several plane accidents in the past 5 years and 10 deaths. It is a difficult airport to take-off and land on because it has no air traffic controllers and it has a short runway with steep cliffs on both sides. Additionally, the plane took off in poor weather and near sunset which would have made the take-off even more treacherous.
California Personal injury attorneys for the couples’ family are questioning the accident cause, and how an air tour business could be in business without proper licensing. Three people lost their lives unnecessarily that day. Can such tragedy be prevented? Later reports will be updated when they are received.