Plane crashes into front yard, 4 people injured

DENVER, CO – A small aircraft calamitously crashed into a suburban front yard in Denver on Friday, leading to the serious, sometimes critical injuries of its four passengers and leaving them hospitalized. The plane completely went up in flames upon crashing.

Although the injured passengers- two adults and two individuals whose ages haven’t been established- suffered significant burns, no one from the nearby house was harmed in the crash. The incident occurred in Arvada, located about 12 miles northwest of Denver, according to Alex Lemishko, a senior accident investigator who works on the National Transportation Safety Board.

The 1969 Beechcraft 35 was about a quarter of an hour into its flight originating from the Centennial Airport to the south of Denver, heading roughly northwest to another suburban airport, the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, when the crash occurred.

Shortly before the mishap, the pilot, whose identity is yet to be revealed, sent a distress signal stating that the plane was encountering engine issues and was preparing for landing. Explaining the pilot’s decision to attempt a landing on a residential street instead of the nearby Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Lemishko emphasized that it’s not unusual for pilots to seek a roadway or railroad tracks when a nearby airport is out of reach.

The plane’s left wing struck a large spruce tree, causing it to skid down the roadway before veering off its course into a front yard. In the process, the plane also rammed into a pickup truck parked on the street, pushing it into another truck in the driveway, added Deanna Harrington of the Aurora Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the smoking wreckage around 9:30 a.m., added Arvada Fire operations chief Matt Osier.