March 26th, 2012|
March 26, 2012
Reported about five minutes and six miles apart, the crashes of two single-engine planes north of Denver are being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a possible mid-air collision.
When the door of the Cessna 180 was ripped off, the female pilot was found conscious, according to Lake Wylie Pilot. After clipping four overhead power lines, she crashed within sight of the Vance Brand Airport runway in Longmont. She was treated at a hospital and released, police said.
“It actually probably saved her because those lines reduced the impact into the ground,” Longmont police Cmdr. Tim Lewis said. “The pilot did an excellent job of clearing the roadway and avoiding people who were picnicking and watching airport operations.”
The engine separated from her plane on impact. One wing was crumpled, and the tail was bent.
The other plane, a Cessna 172, crashed crashed about a half mile from a Walmart southeast of Longmont. The two people inside died. They are believed to be an instructor pilot and a student.
“The tail end is literally in the nose of the plane,” said an oilfield services company man who rushed to the scene after hearing the crash. There was nothing that he could do.