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Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

ERIE, Colo. (AP) - A spokesman for the National Transportation Board says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon that the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.

Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis says the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off. A photo of the crash site posted on the Boulder Daily Camera's website showed the mangled wreckage of the plane, which crashed into a grassy field.

The NTSB is investigating the crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.

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alfredschrader September 01 2014 at 4:58 AM

My guess is the plane was out of warranty and pushing the limits at take off.
A PA 46 requires a 2,400 foot runway to clear 50 ft obstacles at sea level with
max load of 1,491 pounds.
Erie airport has a 5,100 ft elevation
which makes the air much thinner producing less lift and less engine power, thoughthe runway is 4,500 ft long but in only one direction. Americans today tend to be over weight, even one third are obese. My guess is, including luggage and the 5 passengers with full load of fuel, it was right on the edge of being overloaded. Factor in the reduced lift and less engine power and even the smallest issue would be an unsafe condition.
God bless these poor souls.

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thorrsman September 01 2014 at 7:22 AM

Hmmm, I know that airport well.

Used to drive past it every day, sometimes serviced equipment there. A shame that five died in an accident there, glad that the plane did not hit any of the houses close around the place.

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chuck August 31 2014 at 8:23 PM

holy cow, a news story and you lib's didnt blame it on guns or the gop. you guys are slipping up?

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donr1 September 01 2014 at 11:05 AM

Alfredshrader, great theory but the pilot and his wife were slim and trim, not overweight as you assume. They were long time friends of mine. Pilot was also skilled in flying.

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job60 donr1 September 01 2014 at 9:45 PM

Alfred has spent too much time in the sun...

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catluvr4u September 01 2014 at 11:55 PM

Why do all of these small planes and military planes on training missions keep going down? Have we become so politically correct that we have to allow our enemies or just plain stupid people to service and check these planes before they take off? I think someone needs to start looking into WHY we keep losing our citizens and military members to plane crashes. Five here, seven there how many Americans can be killed like this? if it continues to happen these numbers will start adding up to thousands. Do we have anyone in our government who is not part of obama's muslim pact that can actually investigate these happenings?

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