AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS: SANTA BARBARA ISLAND

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Roger Keeney and a friend landed their planes on Santa Barbara Island in the late 20th century.
Sandy Bredin and his plane on
Santa Barbara Island


AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS — SANTA BARBARA ISLAND:

On rare occasions, single engine planes have landed on Santa Barbara Island. Roger Keeney and Sandy Bredin are two pilots who have safely landed their single-engine planes on multiple islands.


  • July 14, 1937 [REG]: “The bodies of two naval reserve fliers killed in a navy plane crash during gunnery exercises off Santa Barbara Island lay in a Long Beach mortuary today. Victims of the crash which occurred yesterday, were Edwin C. Higgins, aviation cadet of Spokane, Washington, and Julian Stogner, coxswain of Long Beach, California, formerly of Hamlet, N. C. Shortly after the plane was catapulted from the deck of the battleship Mississippi, it went into a nose dive and plunged fifteen hundred feet into the sea.”


  • January 22, 1955: Piper Cub crash landed because of ignition failure. Three aboard were unhurt.