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Firefighting plane was inverted before fatal crash near Estes Park, witnesses told NTSB

Two witnesses saw a firefighting airplane that crashed while responding to a wildfire near Estes Park last month roll upside down before slamming into wooded terrain, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Safety Transportation Board. One witness told federal air crash investigators that the plane’s pilot, Marc Thor Olson, did not […]

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Two passengers sue United Airlines for flight cut short by dramatic engine explosion over Denver

Two passengers on a flight from Denver cut short after the plane’s engine exploded over the Denver area filed lawsuits Friday against United Airlines claiming each “suffered, and continues to suffer, personal, emotional, and pecuniary injuries.” Passengers Joseph McGinley and Jonathan Strawn, who were on their way home to Hawaii on Feb. 20, claim in […]

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Pilot of plane that crashed in Colorado mountains, went undiscovered for months blamed for fatal wreck

The pilot of an unmaintained airplane that crashed high in the Colorado mountains and went undiscovered for months last year did not adequately plan out his flight or anticipate the weather conditions, which likely brought his plane down, federal air crash investigators say.  Quentin Aschoff, a 67-year-old from Bend, Oregon, died in the wreck of […]

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Pilot disorientation caused deadly crash near Centennial Airport that left engine lodged in home, NTSB rules

The deadly crash of a small propeller plane last year near Centennial Airport, which left the aircraft’s engine lodged in the side of a Lone Tree home, was caused by the pilot’s disorientation in difficult weather conditions.  The National Transportation Safety Board said 67-year-old Robert Marquis probably lost control of the Cirrus SR22 he was […]