All five aboard small plane killed in
crash at Colorado airport
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[September 02, 2014]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - All five people aboard
a single-engine airplane died after it crashed on Sunday in a field
beside a runway during an attempt to land at a northern Colorado
airport, authorities said.
Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety
Board, said the Piper PA-46 aircraft went down shortly before noon
near the Erie Municipal Airport, about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of
Knudson said the plane took off from Centennial Airport, south of
Denver, with five people aboard, and was landing in clear weather at
the Erie airport when it crashed.
Emergency crews found three people dead inside the wreckage of the
six-seat airplane when they arrived at the scene, said Roger
Rademacher, assistant fire chief with Mountain View Fire Rescue.
Two crash survivors were taken to hospital but died later,
Rademacher said. One had been moved by ground ambulance to a nearby
hospital and the other airlifted to a Denver hospital.
The names of the dead have not been released.
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Knudson said investigators with the NTSB and the Federal Aviation
Administration were at the site of the crash to try to determine its
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sandra Maler; Editing by Clarence
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