2 planes collide midair over Cherry Creek State Park; no injuries

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — South Metro Fire Rescue says two small planes collided in the air over Cherry Creek State Park Wednesday morning.

SMFR said it happened at 10:25 a.m. over the park about four miles north of Centennial Airport.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, it is miraculous that no one was injured or died in this crash.

“You expect a lot worse. This was amazing,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy John Bartmann.

Audio recordings from Live ATC give a glimpse into the pilots’ reaction and their coordination with the Air Traffic Control tower as they were coming in for a landing.

One plane crash-landed just south of the reservoir. According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the plane’s parachute was deployed and this helped bring the plane down safely.

There were two people on this plane at the time and both walked away safely.

The plane was a single-engine Cirrus SR22 owned by Independence Aviation.

The second plane landed safely at Centennial Airport. It is a Swearingen Metroliner SA226TC cargo plane operated by Key Lime Air. The only person on board was the pilot, who was not injured.

Photo showing damage of one of the aircraft involved in a midair collision
Photo showing damage of one of the aircraft involved in a midair collision

There are no reports of injuries to people on the ground, but there is expected to be scattered debris across the park.

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