Two small planes collide in midair near Denver, three dead

Shocking video shows aftermath of mid-air collision between two planes north of Denver that killed three people and left two separate crash sites

  • Two small planes collided in midair over Boulder County, Colorado, on Saturday
  • One plane crashed in an open field where two occupants were found dead, while the pilot of the second plane also died crashing into nearby trees
  •  The two aircraft were a Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos, the National Transportation Safety Board said as it investigates the cause of the crash
  • None of the three victims from the crash were immediately identified 

Three people were killed on Saturday when two small planes collided in midair over Boulder County, Colorado, crashing into an open field and leaving two separate crash sites, local authorities said.

Shortly before 9am, police ‘received multiple emergency phone calls’ from witnesses who saw the two aircraft collide about 30 miles north of Denver, the Boulder County Sheriff´s Office said in a statement.

Aerial footage shows the moment first responders arrived at the crash site where one of the planes laid wrecked in the middle of an open field, while the other landed in nearby trees.  

When first responders came across the site, both people onboard the plane were dead, police said. 

The pilot of the second downed plane, who was the sole occupant, also was dead when emergency crews reached the wreckage.

Two small planes collided in midair over Boulder County, Colorado, on Saturday morning. Pictured: First responders arriving at the scene of one of the crashes

Two small planes collided in midair over Boulder County, Colorado, on Saturday morning. Pictured: First responders arriving at the scene of one of the crashes

One of the planes went down in a field, while the other, (above) crashed into nearby trees

One of the planes went down in a field, while the other, (above) crashed into nearby trees

The plane in the field (above) had two occupants, both of whom died in the crash. The sole occupant of the second plane was also killed in the collision

The plane in the field (above) had two occupants, both of whom died in the crash. The sole occupant of the second plane was also killed in the collision 

None of the victims were immediately identified.

Sean Tufts, who called 911 as he watched one of the planes go down, noted there was no explosion from the crash. 

‘It looked like it was in trouble, [be]cause planes don’t go straight down,’ Tufts told KDVR. ‘There was no fire ball, nothing, it just crumpled.’ 

Cary Hayes, who lives across from where one of the planes crashed on Niwot Road, said she heard the crash from her home and learned what happened from a neighbor who witnessed it. 

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

The two aircraft were a Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos, the National Transportation Safety Board said as it investigates the cause of the crash

The two aircraft were a Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos, the National Transportation Safety Board said as it investigates the cause of the crash

None of the three victims from the crash were immediately identified

None of the three victims from the crash were immediately identified

The two aircraft were a Cessna 172 and a Sonex Xenos, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement, adding that investigators are probing what led up to the accident.

The Sonex Xenos is a lightweight aluminum, homebuilt aircraft, according to the company’s website. The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is a single-engine airplane that seats four.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the planes collided near the Vance Brand Airport, a general aviation airport in Longmont, Colorado.

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