This latest footage from the mid-air plane collision over Denver shows the smaller of the two aircraft deploying a parachute before crash landing.
In what is being hailed as a “miracle” across the board, two small planes collided over Colorado airspace Wednesday with no fatalities or injuries. The situation continues to unfold with footage showing a shocking, gaping hole in the fuselage of the larger plane.
Now, footage is surfacing Thursday from a Cherry Creek Reservoir local who managed to film the crash landing of the smaller, two-person aircraft. The red Cirrus SR-22 plane deploys a parachute, which allows the individuals to land mere moments after the mid-air collision. This is one of the safety features of the small aircraft, which surely saved the lives of the two onboard.
Watch the remarkable landing below courtesy of NBC affiliate 9 News. Within, the SR22’s Cirrus Airframe Parachute System stabilizes the plane before it crash lands in the middle of a Denver field. A miracle, indeed:
Video shows a Cirrus SR-22 making a landing with its parachute deployed following a mid-air collision with another plane near Cherry Creek Reservoir.NBC 9 News
Denver Mid-Air Collision Hailed a ‘Miracle’
The incident took place early Wednesday, May 12 over Arapahoe County, Colorado. Of the two that collided, the larger plane was able to land at the local Centennial Airport. It is a near-unbelievable feat considering the wide hole in the fuselage.
The smaller Cirrus plane above made its parachute landing near Cherry Creek State Park.
According to Denver’s South Metro Fire Rescue, the Cirrus SR22 and the larger plane collided midair. The Cirrus managed to rip a gaping hole into the larger vehicle’s fuselage, yet no injuries are reported.
Partners at NBC’s 9 News cite the larger plane as a Key Lime Air propeller plane. It’s fuselage, a passenger cabin, now looks as if a giant creature took a bite out of it:
1 plane deploys parachute, other lands safely after mid-air collision near DenverNews Channel 13
Despite heavy publicity and an ongoing FAA investigation, the cause of the mid-air collision is unknown.
The FAA has, however, released the following statement on the investigation so far:
“A Cirrus SR-22 and a Swearingen Metroliner SA226TC collided in midair approximately four miles north of Centennial Airport in Denver, Colo., around 10:25 a.m. local time [Wednesday]… Two people were onboard the Cirrus and also one person was onboard the Swearingen. Please check with local authorities for the occupants’ conditions and identities. We have no reports of [injuries on the ground]. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Neither agency identifies people involved in aircraft accidents.”
Key Lime Air is participating with the FAA’s investigation as of Thursday.