Two Planes Down Over Colorado After Mid-Air Collision; No Survivors Found in Either Wreckage


Two planes collided with one another on Saturday morning.

All three passengers on board the two planes were killed.

According to KDVR, the accident occurred in Boulder County, Colorado, and was witnessed by a man at the scene.

That man, Sean Tufts, promptly called 911.

“It looked like it was in trouble, cause planes don’t go straight down,” Tufts told KDVR.

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“There was no fireball, nothing. It just crumpled.”

A Boulder County local, Cary Hayes, watched the planes crash, too. According to KDVR, the crash occurred near Hayes’s home.

“It’s scary. It’s super scary. It happened right across the street from my house,” Hayes told KDVR.

As it turns out, local flights take place quite often in Boulder County. Tufts said, “These skies are full all day with single-seater planes,” according to KDVR.

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Three people were killed when the two planes, a Cessna 172 occupied by two people and a Sonex Xenos piloted by one person, crashed into each other.

A flight lesson was taking place on the Cessna. One individual was serving as a flight instructor while the other was a flight student.

The National Transportation Safety Board described in detail how exactly the collision took place, according to KDVR.

“Tracking data showed the two pilots flying the Cessna aircraft departed on a training flight from the Rocky Mountain Airport at 8:43 a.m. The pilot in the Sonex aircraft departed from the Platte Valley Airpark in Hudson at 8:38 a.m,” KDVR reported.

“During its flight, the Cessna made a 360-degree left turn and then a right turn to the east. According to NTSB, at that moment the two aircraft’s flight tracks merged, and both descended rapidly in a rural area.”

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The collision occurred despite the fact that the weather conditions were good.

KDVR further noted that neither aircraft had any sort of “collision avoidance system.” In addition, neither pilot was in contact with air traffic control, although, as reported by KDVR, there is no requirement for pilots in the area to do so.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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