pilots and passenger unharmed after midair crash in Colorado – fr

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2 planes collide over Denver and land uninjured – fr


DENVER – The pilot of a plane that collided with another plane in flight near Denver requested an emergency landing for engine failure, unaware his plane was nearly torn in half, according to audio from the air traffic control. Miraculously, both planes landed and no one was injured, officials said.

The planes were about to land at a small regional airport in a Denver suburb on Wednesday when they collided, according to the National Transportation Safety Board and South Metro Fire Rescue.

The pilot who requested an emergency landing was the only person aboard a twin-engine Fairchild Metroliner that landed at Centennial Airport despite extensive tail damage. The plane is owned by Colorado-based Key Lime Air, which operates cargo planes.

“Looks like the right engine has broken down, so I’m going to continue my landing here,” the pilot said in an audio clip with air traffic control.

The second aircraft, a single-engine 2016 Cirrus SR22, was leased by Independence Aviation, the company said in a statement. Its pilot successfully deployed an airframe parachute system designed by Cirrus Aircraft to slow the craft’s descent after a collision.

The Cirrus plane had a pilot and a passenger on board when the pilot deployed a red and white parachute and drifted to a safe landing in a field near homes in Cherry Creek State Park, the deputy said. -Arapahoe County Sheriff, John Bartmann.

“Each of these drivers needs to buy a lottery ticket now,” Bartmann said. “I don’t remember anything like it – especially everyone leaving. I mean that’s the amazing part of it all. “

Christopher T. O’Neil, spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency investigating the collision, said he expected to have an update on the incident on Thursday.

June Cvelbar told KUSA TV station that she witnessed the collision while walking in a state park.

“I saw two planes in the sky. I saw a larger green plane, which I thought was a tow plane, with what I thought was a glider being towed by it. I heard a noise but didn’t realize the two planes had collided, ”she told KUSA in an email.

Cvelbar said he saw the green plane take off and soon after, the smaller plane deploy its parachute. She said she initially thought it was a training exercise.

“When I realized the little plane was going down, I ran towards it. The pilot and his passenger were on the move, ”Cvelbar said.

Shelly Whitehead told KCNC-TV that she was in her kitchen when she heard a loud bang that sounded like a firecracker. She ran to her patio and saw the plane deploying the parachute descend into the field behind her house.

“I was like, ‘Is this someone just jumping out of a plane? “And then I realized the parachute was attached to an airplane,” she said. “I thought for sure they weren’t going to make it. “

Key Lime Air, a passenger and cargo charter company, and Independence Aviation, a flight school and aircraft rental company that owns the Cirrus aircraft, are based outside of Centennial Airport, l one of Colorado’s busiest general aviation airports.

“At this time, we are authorizing the NTSB and the FAA to conduct their investigation,” said a statement issued by Derek Severns of the Cirrus Platinum Training Center, a pilot training center.

Authorities did not immediately identify those on the planes.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter it was sending staff to investigate. Key Lime Air will cooperate with the investigation, the company said in a statement.

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