An Air New Zealand 747 with nearly 350 people aboard had to swerve sharply to avoid a twin-engine Cessna light plane in the air near Santa Catalina Island, injuring two people aboard the jumbo jet, officials said Monday.

The Air New Zealand captain took the evasive action to avoid a collision near Santa Catalina Island at 5:53 p.m. Sunday, said Lee Nichols, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Airports.The Air New Zealand 747 on a flight from Auckland, New Zealand,and Tahiti to Los Angeles and was at 7,000 feet when the incident occurred, Air New Zealand spokeswoman Heather Jeffrey said in Sydney, Australia.