Pilot Reported Symptoms Associated With A Heart Attack
A Cessna 182P went down about two miles short of the Catalina
Airport in the Sky (KAVX) runway after the pilot reported he was
possibly suffering a heart attack. He was fatally injured in the
accident, though it has not been determined whether the impact or
his medical condition was the cause.
According to LA County Sheriff's spokesman Jeff Donahue, the
pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft when it went down
about 1300 PDT. The pilot had radioed the airport saying that he
was having chest pains which could indicate a heart attack. He told
controllers he did not think he could reach the runway.
The Associated Press reports that the crash sparked a brush fire
that burned about 20 acres. The airport is situated at an elevation
of about 1,600 feet in the mountains, which made getting to the
wreckage difficult. It took fire crews about three hours to reach
the crash site.