FAA investigates mid-air collision between two small planes over Cherry Creek Reservoir south of Denver – CBS Denver
(CBS4)Crews with South Metro Fire Rescue and the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office rushed to the rubble after a plane crash after two small planes collided in midair Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.
The wreck of one plane was found south of Cherry Creek Reservoir and the other plane landed at Centennial Airport with a huge hole in the cabin.
Witnesses say they were shocked that no one was killed or injured. Two people walked away from the scene of the accident.
“I was in the kitchen and heard a loud crack. I ran out (on my terrace). When I got here I heard another bang, ”said Shelly Whitehead, a witness. “I saw a plane coming down.”
Update – PIO at the site of the plane crash. Two on board walked away without injuries. Second aircraft able to land safely and without injuries. Media briefing at noon – in Belleview and Peoria south of the access road to the crash. Look for the @ SouthMetroPIO vehicle. pic.twitter.com/8A25hbV06C
– Arapahoe Sheriff (@ArapahoeSO) May 12, 2021
The in-flight collision occurred over Cherry Creek State Park, southeast of the Denver city limits, and the crashed plane was so close to the intersection of Belleview Avenue and Peoria Street.
Before the crash, air traffic control could be heard and asked: “Cirrus 6 Delta Juliet, have you passed the final?” and then “Cirrus 6 Delta Juliet do you need help?”
Seven seconds later the controller says: “Cirrus 6 Delta Juliet, if you hear this gearbox, we have emergency vehicles in your direction.”
The video of the smaller red plane parachuting to the ground was filmed by Hector Velazquez. He can be heard asking his staff if they should run to help, then advised that others have already run around the crash site.
From her deck, Whitehead told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas that she could only watch the plane crash.
“I thought, ‘Is it someone just jumping off a plane?’ And then I realized the parachute was attached to an airplane, “Whitehead recalled.” I was sure they couldn’t make it there.
Her friend Frances was walking in Cherry Creek State Park when the plane crashed. She and her dog ran for cover when the plane crashed from above.
UPDATE: Initial reports suggest two planes collided in midair over the Cherry Creek State Park property south of Belleview and Peoria. A plane crashed here with no injury or death. The second plane landed safely at Centennial Airport without injuries. Updates will follow on pic.twitter.com/ksKhbZo9Fk
– South Metro Fire Rescue (@SouthMetroPIO) May 12, 2021
First responders told CBS4 they expected the worst when they were sent to a plane after an airborne collision.
Whitehead said it was a miracle the planes or falling debris didn’t land on homes or people in the popular neighborhood between Cherry Creek Reservoir and Centennial Airport. She said she always wondered if this type of incident could happen while living under the airline for the runways, but she never expected it to actually happen.
“It was kind of scary. But at the same time I was stunned that it happened, ”said Whitehead. “It’s right in our back yard.”
The FAA and NTSB investigators are now working to determine the cause of the collision.
The FAA released this preliminary investigation statement: “A Cirrus SR-22 and a Swearingen Metroliner SA226TC collided in the air at about 10:25 am local time today, approximately four miles north of Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. The Cirrus pilot deployed the aircraft’s parachute and landed in a nearby neighborhood. The Swearingen pilot landed at Centennial Airport. Two people were on board the Cirrus and one person was on board the Swearingen. Please check with the local authorities for the conditions and identity of the inmates. We have no reports of people injured locally. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate this. Neither agency identifies individuals involved in aircraft accidents. “
Key Lime Air released this statement to CBS4, which partially reads: Key Lime Air has received confirmed reports that on March 12, 2021 at approximately 10:20 a.m. Mountain Time, one of our cargo planes carried a Fairchild Metroliner on its way to land at Centennial Airport was when it was hit by another plane.
The Metroliner suffered significant damage to the tail unit and stern, but the pilot was able to continue the approach and landed safely.
As we understand it, the pilot of the other aircraft, a Cirrus SR22, was parachuting into ballistic recovery and the pilot and passenger were not injured.
We are participating in an active investigation into the incident with the FAA and the NTSB. When the authorities come out and the authorities deem it appropriate to share it with the public, we will. We cannot express the gratitude we have across the company that no one has been hurt. We would like to thank everyone who has taken care of our company and its employees.