Pilot dies after plane crashes just feet from suburban Denver home

Pilot Killed After Plane Crashes Near Colorado Airport
Pilot Killed After Plane Crashes Near Colorado Airport


The pilot of a small plane was killed when his aircraft crashed early Tuesday morning in Colorado and burst into flames.

The unidentified man is believed to have died instantly when his two-engine plane slammed into the front yard of a ranch-style home in Centennial, just outside Denver, KDVR reported. There were no injuries on the ground.

"The plane went down just feet from several houses," said Becky O'Guinn, a spokeswoman for South Metro told the Denver Post.

Footage from the scene shows the Twin Cessna 404 fully engulfed in flames just feet from the home, which miraculously did not catch fire.

"It was just really loud all of a sudden and then there was a crash," a witness told the station. "It was one of those crashes that you can't explain really well. And then I looked out the window and you could see the smoke come over the top of the houses.

"It was only a block or so away. And I thought it the house right behind us, but apparently it was in the yard. And then all of a sudden there was just a loud explosion."

The impact reportedly happened minutes after the plane's 4:27 a.m. takeoff from nearby Centennial Airport.

The aircraft was reported by the Post to be owned by Key Lime Air, a cargo and passenger transport company based at the airport.

NTSB investigators have been deployed. No cause has yet been determined.

An AOL News request for comment from Key Lime Air has yet to be returned.

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