Colorado Firefighters Respond To Airplane Midair Collision Wreckage

 May 18, 2021

Firefighters respond to more than just residential and forest fires. In the case of accidents, firefighters are often on the scene to help get people to safety and put out any potential fires caused by the crash.

Mid-Air Collision

South Metro Fire Rescue and Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office were called out to the scene of a mid-air collision between two small planes. One plane crashed into the ground just south of Cherry Creek Reservoir, while the other actually made it to Centennial Airport.

It was missing a chunk of its cabin. The two airplanes hit each other in the air over Cherry Creek State Park, just outside Denver's city limits.

According to CBS4, fire crews were prepared for the worst-case scenario. However, when they arrived, they found that no one had been killed in the crash.

No Injuires, No Deaths

Somehow neither plane had injuries nor any deaths in the crash. Now it is on the FAA and the NTSB to figure out what happened in the crash.

“A Cirrus SR-22 and a Swearingen Metroliner SA226TC collided in midair approximately four miles north of Centennial Airport in Denver, Colo., around 10:25 a.m. local time today. The pilot of the Cirrus deployed the aircraft’s parachute and landed in a nearby neighborhood. The pilot of the Swearingen landed at Centennial Airport. Two people were on board the Cirrus, and one person was on board the Swearingen. Please check with local authorities for the occupants’ conditions and identities. We have no reports of people on the ground being injured. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”

FAA Statement

According to Key Lime Air, one of the airplanes was a cargo craft preparing to land at the time of the crash. Many neighbors were shocked that this situation could happen so close to home.

“It was kind of scary. But at the same time, I was stunned it was happening. It’s right in our backyard.”

Shelly Whitehead

Close Call

It was a miracle that no one on the ground nor the air was injured, especially because the crash took place in a very public location.

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13 comments on “Colorado Firefighters Respond To Airplane Midair Collision Wreckage”

  1. What happened to the third person? One plane had two parachuted to safety...the plane obviously crashed...where's the other person?

    1. The airplane that the parachute was attached to was the one who had 2 people in it. The airplane has an emergency parachute attached to it not the pilots.

  2. What was air traffic on when this happened? ATC is held throughout the US regardless if a plane is landing or taking off. One airport should have been able to find them on radar before they collided and radioed them to prevent the accident. Collision based crashes in this manner should be near impossible with present day regulations.

  3. Every one was very lucky. This was their day.
    Small planes can crash in incredibly small areas. I once saw a small plane that had crashed upon a sidewalk between a fenced school yard and the street. I could hardly believe that a plane had crashed there as the space was no more than 15 feet wide.

  4. perhaps you didn't realize that the plane has a parachute.. not a people one but one for the plane itself...some small planes have that ...remember the astronauts and their floating back to earth with a parachute attached to their capsule...

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