Agency: 1 Plane Was Climbing Before Midair Crash

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Investigators say a pilot who survived a midair collision near Longmont was slowly climbing toward the elevation of the other plane before the crash.

The March 23 collision resulted in the deaths of an instructor and a student pilot in the second plane. The pilot of the first plane was injured when she crashed while trying to land her damaged plane.

A National Transportation Safety Board interim report dated June 29 notes that Federal Aviation Administration handbooks advise pilots to perform periodic maneuvers to scan their planes' blind spots. The report doesn't say whether either pilot performed such maneuvers.

The report outlines factual findings of the investigation but doesn't list the cause.

It says the impact of the second plane's crash burrowed the engine 2 feet into the ground.


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  • by flier on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM
    They shouldn't be that close to begin with! Hope authorities can figure out exactly what happened.
  • by Kathi Location: Colorado on Mar 25, 2012 at 08:48 AM
    Just a word to the wise for anyone who wants to post negative comments regarding to articles pertaining to this tragedy. Just know that family and friends of the deceased are reading these articles and your comments. Show a little respect. This is a sudden tragedy that no one could have forseen and no one is seven sure yet how it happened. Put yourselves in our shoes before you open your mouth and let something stupid fall out.
  • by 20 years in aviation Location: Co Spr on Mar 24, 2012 at 07:07 PM
    Investigators can't tell what kind of plane crashed by the Wal Mart? From the photos it looks like a Cessna 182 or 182-T. Look at the engine cowling, the tail and the ailerons. If there is any doubt look at the landing gear, the C-182 line is the series I know with those gear. Just sayin....
  • by Delta on Mar 24, 2012 at 02:17 PM
    There is a reason the FAA has a mandatory retirement age of 65 for commercial pilots... Just saying
    • reply
      by Amra on Mar 25, 2012 at 04:46 AM in reply to Delta
      Hey now, not everybody is of diminished capacity after 65...my grandfather renewed his pilot's license when he was 72. Then there's stories of 90 year old's skydiving and stuff. The main thing is being aware of what you can and can't do...
  • by M on Mar 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM
    wow no one has any respect for the dead
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      by Arctic Warrior on Apr 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM in reply to M
      Apparently not to include KKTV for greenlighting these posts!
  • by Sammie on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Wow! Love the maturity. Prayers and condolences to the family of the deceased & injured.
  • by Wow on Mar 24, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    I'm sure it's the old ladies fault. Seems there has been a lot of elderly pilots crashing lately.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM
    You attention please ladies an gents... Please be kind, if not please find the nearest exit be advised the exit may be behind you.... In the event of an emergency or you three morons contunue to call each other morons please exit promptly by simply jumping out of one of those doors ensuring it is securley closed behid you! Thanks your hammered piolot
  • by Daz Location: Hell on Mar 23, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    Read it and shut your hole: FAA Section 3 Proving Test Requirements B. Additional Requirements. Flights must be conducted in accordance with the following, as applicable: · Part 121 or part 135 operations manual, · Part 91K Program Operating Manual (POM), · Part 91K, 121, or 135 inspection or maintenance programs, · Minimum equipment list (MEL), · Flight control requirements (dispatch, flight following) of part 91K, 121, or 135, and
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2012 at 06:32 PM
    You're quite the moron yourself. Quite judgmental on your part to call someone a moron when they're dead. Not all pilots are aware of the flight following from ATC. Cross-check Caption Moron Daz.
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