By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) – Three folks have been killed on Saturday when two small planes collided in midair over Boulder County, Colorado, crashing into an open area and leaving two separate crash websites, native authorities mentioned.
Shortly earlier than 9 a.m. native time, police “acquired a number of emergency telephone calls” from witnesses who noticed the 2 plane collide about 30 miles north of Denver, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned in an announcement.
When first responders got here throughout the primary crash web site, each folks onboard the aircraft have been lifeless, police mentioned. The pilot of the second downed aircraft, who was the only real occupant, additionally was lifeless when emergency crews reached the wreckage, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Not one of the victims have been instantly recognized.
The 2 plane have been a Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos, the Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned in an announcement, including that investigators are probing what led as much as the accident.
The Sonex Xenos is a light-weight aluminum, homebuilt plane, in response to the corporate’s web site. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a single-engine airplane that seats 4.
The Federal Aviation Administration mentioned in an announcement that the planes collided close to the Vance Model Airport, a basic aviation airport in Longmont, Colorado.