Colorado aircraft crash: Three individuals killed in mid-air collision

Two planes went down mid-air in Colorado on Saturday, killing three people, authorities say.

Joshua Bonafede, a Boulder County sheriff’s deputy, said two planes collided Saturday morning. A plane was found about 30 miles northwest of downtown Denver. According to NBC affiliate 9 News, the other plane was found a few blocks away.

Around 8:50 a.m. local time, a single-engine Cessna 172 and a second plane collided near Longmont’s Vance Brand Airport and crashed, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration told The Washington Post in an email.

The FAA spokesman said there were two people on board the Cessna 172. The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it is investigating a Cessna 172 collision involving an aircraft it identified as a Sonex Xenos in Longmont, Colorado.

“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” the FAA spokesman said. “The NTSB will lead the investigation and provide additional updates.”

The Cessna 172, also known as the Skyhawk, is one of the most popular aircraft in the world. It seats four people and is often used in flight instruction.

Mid-air collisions are rare, fewer than 30 occurring in the United States in a typical year. They almost always involve small private aircraft or military vehicles, not commercial aircraft, and are usually the result of human error such as miscommunication or navigational problems.

Under federal aviation regulations, private pilots must “see and avoid” other aircraft flying in the area near them, and must closely follow takeoff and landing procedures. Collisions are more likely in populated, heavily trafficked areas.

The Mountain View Fire Rescue, which services the area, confirmed the three deaths and asked people to avoid the Niwot area northeast of Boulder.

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Police have closed some roads in the area, Bonafede told the Washington Post.

“It’s very early in the investigation,” Bonafede said, adding that federal investigators are “on their way.”

Praveena Somasundaram contributed to this report.

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