All on board survive after plane overturns in Teller County

Plane crashes into man's backyard in mountains on Memorial Day, 2 people injured
Published: May. 29, 2023 at 2:12 PM MDT|Updated: May. 30, 2023 at 6:33 AM MDT
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DIVIDE, Colo. (KKTV) - Both pilot and passenger walked away after their plane flipped over in a Teller County neighborhood Monday afternoon.

In a brief statement to 11 News, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said a Cessna 172 landed in a field and overturned. The site was in the Grandview Estates subdivision in Divide.

Bob Burton was enjoying an afternoon at Territory Days when his phone rang.

“I got a ... call that a plane crashed right behind my home,” he told 11 News anchor Grace Kraemer.

Burton and other neighbors told Kraemer they were stunned to see the sight of an upside down plane so close to home.

“It really shocked me. I’ve lived up here for many years. I’ve been at this house for 26 years. We’ve never had an incident like this,” Burton said.

Another woman told Kraemer the plane rattled her windows as it flew just above her home.

“We checked on the welfare of the animals and everything and made sure that was OK. We checked on the welfare of the people that were flying the plane -- they self-extricated. And they were walking,” Burton said.

Officials have not provided the exact conditions of the two on board, just that both were taken to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

“Praise God that the pilot and the passenger are all OK, because that is a lot of impact, even going at a lower rate of speed,” Burton told 11 News.

The NTSB is now investigating the incident. According to the plane’s history on Flightaware, it took off from the Meadow Lake Airport in Peyton just after 11 a.m. and was last seen at 12:43 a.m. The NTSB has the approximate time the plane went down as 12:48 p.m.

The NTSB expects to have a preliminary report in two to three weeks.