Story at a glance
- Two small planes carrying three people collided Wednesday morning while preparing to land at a Colorado airport — nobody was injured.
- The aircraft were flying over Cherry Creek State Park when they crashed.
- “Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now,” Arapahoe County Sheriff John Bartman said.
Two small planes carrying three people collided Wednesday morning while preparing to land at a Colorado airport — nobody was injured.
The aircraft were flying over Cherry Creek State Park when they crashed, The Colorado Sun reported. One of the planes, a Cirrus SR-22, deployed its parachute, which allowed the plane to float safely to the ground in the park.
The second plane, a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner, landed at Centennial Airport, which is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the U.S., The Sun reported. The plane was missing part of its rear fuselage.
The two planes were reportedly cleared to land on parallel runways at the same time over different air traffic control frequencies. Air traffic control warned the Cirrus of the second plane before the collision.
“Looks like the right engine failed so I’m going to continue my landing,” said the Metroliner’s pilot, according to the Sun.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s deputy John Bartmann told reporters at the scene that it was “amazing” there was not a worse result.
“We’ve had several plane crashes in our jurisdiction. Never have we seen a parachute be deployed and bring the plane down safely,” Bartmann said.
“Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now,” Bartmann added. “I don’t remember anything like this — especially everybody walking away. I mean that’s the amazing part of this.”
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, The Colorado Sun reported.
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