ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) – Fire officials say no one was injured after a cargo plane and a smaller aircraft collided in the air over a Denver-area park Wednesday morning.
“You expect a lot worse, this was amazing,” said Deputy John Bartmann, public information officer for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
South Metro Fire Rescue said the collision happened before 10:30 a.m. at Cherry Creek State Park near East Belleview Avenue and South Peoria Street.
One plane crash-landed just south of the reservoir. According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the plane was equipped with a parachute, which deployed and helped bring the aircraft down safely.
The plane, which first responders described as a single-engine Cirrus SR22, was carrying two people at the time. Both walked away without injury.
The second plane, a Metroliner cargo plane operated by Keylime Air, landed safely at Centennial Airport. The only person on board was the pilot, who was not injured.
There are no reports of injuries to people on the ground, but there is expected to be scattered debris across the park.