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Three dead after two planes crash mid-air

Three dead after two planes crash mid-air

Two small planes crashed in midair over Boulder County, Colorado

Three people are dead after two small planes crashed in midair over Boulder County, Colorado.

Boulder County Sheriff's Office said they received multiple emergency phone calls of a reported plane crash on Saturday (17 September).

It was confirmed that a Cessna 172 collided with a Sonex Xenos aircraft, The National Transportation Safety Board has said.


The incident occurred near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado.

Two separate crash sites were found as the first crash site was on the south side of Niwot Road, while the second was on the north side.

Eyewitness Jeff Wolcott told CBS Colorado that he heard 'a loud pop' while he was having his morning coffee and reading the paper.


Claire Brown, 22, of Longmont also told Denver Post: “At first, it looked like they were under control, then they spiraled down.

“I saw some debris flying in the air too, I figured they had hit each other.

“It is definitely unfortunate.

“I knew those people were not alive after that.

“They weren’t terribly high, but as they were spiralling down the nose of the plane was heading straight down, pointing straight at the ground. You could tell that they had no control and that it was a bad crash. It happened so fast.”


Sean Tufts says he saw no explosion after the crash.

He told KDVR: "It looked like it was in trouble, [be]cause planes don't go straight down.

"There was no fire ball, nothing, it just crumpled."

Cary Hayes also told the publication: "It's scary. It's super scary. It happened right across the street from my house."

Tom Falk added: “We just heard a lot of rescue coming.

“There’s always a lot of light aircraft coming around, but nothing unusual.

“It’s unusual. I feel bad that there are three families that are getting bad phone calls.”

UNILAD have contacted Boulder County Sheriff for additional comment.

Investigations remain ongoing.

Commenting on the crash on social media, one person said: "Such a sad occurrence yet again between 2 x Small aircraft!!

"Look out people and passengers when flying!!!! Condolences to affected families."

Another person wrote: "Another mid-air, this time in Colorado.

"July - mid-air between Piper Malibu and Cessna 172 at North Las Vegas.

"August - mid-air between Cessna 152 and Cessna 340 in Watsonville, CA."

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Topics: US News