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Deadly plane crash in El Paso County under investigation, one person killed

Law enforcement respond to the scene of a plane crash on Mccandlish Road southeast of Falcon on...
Law enforcement respond to the scene of a plane crash on Mccandlish Road southeast of Falcon on Aug. 26, 2020.(KKTV)
Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 12:19 PM MDT
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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The pilot of a small plane died on Wednesday in a fiery crash.

At about 11:37 a.m. witnesses saw the plane hit the ground in the 6000 block of McCandlish Road, east of Colorado Springs between Garret Road and Falcon Highway.

“I was getting ready to get in my Jeep, and I hear this plane, so my next thing I know, I see it about 50 feet from where the front of the trees are right here, obviously going down. And impacted just a few hundred feet ... it went nose first and then flipped,” said witness Alita Gotwald.

Gotwald said she tried to get closer to help whoever was on board but then saw the plane was on fire.

“Just kind of evaluated the scene, looked in the ravine, check the ditch all around, and then suddenly the plane blew and I knew … I just wasn’t gonna get to close, do you know? I didn’t wanna harm myself or anything like that, so I knew I had to wait for [first responders] to get here and they were here very fast. The EMS and the firetrucks were all here pretty fast.

“... I’m just devastated. I have never seen anything like this.”

The pilot was the only person in the aircraft. Crews with the Falcon Fire Department were able to extinguish the blaze.

A section of McCandlish Road south of Falcon Highway was closed for the investigation.

The FAA will be the investigating agency. The pilot was not publicly identified last time this article was updated.

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