Mid-air collision in Colorado miraculously makes no injuries

Greg Goebel

Two small planes collided in the air as they were about to land at Denver-Centennial Airport (AKA) in Colora, United States, on May 12, 2021.

The planes involved were a private Cirrus SR-22 and a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner twin-engine plane, registration N280KL, owned by Key Lime Air, which operates cargo planes in Colorado. The Metroliner had one pilot on board and the SR22 had a pilot and a passenger.

The Key Lime aircraft was arriving from Salida, Colorado, and was preparing to land when the private SR-22, which had been cleared to touch down on a parallel runway, veered off course and struck the other aircraft over the wings.

The Metroliner was almost severed. With only one engine still functioning, the pilot managed to land safely. The Cirrus pilot activated his parachute and landed in a field about 4 kilometers from the airport.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigation to determine the causes of the collision.

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