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Pregnant horse killed by plane in El Paso County, owner says

Roxy was hit and killed by a plane in El Paso County on 10/15/19.  One of Roxy's owners says...
Roxy was hit and killed by a plane in El Paso County on 10/15/19. One of Roxy's owners says she was pregnant at the time of the crash. Photos courtesy Julie Shook. (KKTV)
Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 5:29 PM MDT
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The airport manager for the Meadow Lake Airport is reporting a crosswind forced a small plane off the runway on Tuesday while it was in the process of taking off. One of the owners of a pregnant horse hit by the plane reached out to 11 News with information on a more tragic part of the crash.

Airport Manager Dave Elliott told 11 News the pilot was able to walk away from the crash uninjured. The small plane was completely totaled. After going off the runway, the plane went through a fence before coming to a stop in the middle of a field near the airport.

Julie Shook tells 11 News her family's horse, Roxy, was hit by the plane. Roxy was pregnant at the time and survived the initial hit, but was so injured she had to be put down. To make the incident more tragic, this crash was a painful reminder of when Shook lost her husband and sister in a plane crash five years ago this month.

"I know she wasn’t a person but she was a very important part of my life," Shook wrote to 11 News. "It’s often animals can provide a lot of help through the grieving process from such a loss. My sister was also taken in the [plane] crash that took my husband, so Roxy was a huge part of that process for me."

Shook also wanted to acknowledge an El Paso County Sheriff's Office employee. The employee had a halter on his vehicle and was able to halter Roxy and get her back around into the pasture after the plane had thrown her over the fence.

11 News has reached out to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for more information on the crash.

The Meadow Lake Airport is located off Highway 24 and Judge Orr Road northeast of Colorado Springs.