Saturday, March 24, 2012

Two dead after small planes collide in mid-air, crash in Longmont

LONGMONT -- Two people are dead after two small airplanes collided over the southeast side of Longmont just before noon Friday, sending one plane spiraling to the ground, while the other clipped a power line and crashed near the airport west of town.

A Cessna 172 crashed near County Line Road, about three-quarters of a mile south of Colo. Highway 119 in southeast Longmont. A flight instructor and student aboard that plane both were killed, according to Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur. He confirmed that both were males, but did not release their names, ages or any other information, pending notification of next of kin.

The other plane, a Cessna 180, crashed near the city's services building, just west of Airport Road near St. Vrain Road.

"It hit right behind our yard," said Jesse Cordova, a city public works employee. "We were cleaning up the yard and one of our co-workers said 'Call 911! Call 911!' I thought one of our employees got injured."

Chris Rodriguez, a member of the Longmont Airport Advisory Board, said Bev Cameron, an Erie flight instructor, was the only person in that plane. Cameron, an Erie flight examiner, was treated at Longmont United Hospital and is reported in good condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Read More