Four people die after two small planes crash over Boulder County

At least four people were killed Saturday morning when two small planes collided in the air over Boulder County and then crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Cessna 172 collided with a second, unknown plane around 9 a.m. near Vance Brand Airport in Longmont. The FAA said two people were on board the Cessna, but it’s unclear how many people were on the other plane.

Mountain View Fire Rescue initially said three people were killed in the crash, which happened between North 95th Street and US 287 off Niwot Road. However, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office later said four people were killed in the crash.

“The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate,” the FAA said in a press release. “The NTSB will lead the investigation and provide additional updates.”

The sheriff’s office said its detectives were also at the scene.

Authorities did not immediately release the identities of those killed in the collision.

Mid-air collisions between aircraft are rare. The latest in Colorado occurred in May 2021, when a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner operated by Key Lime air collided with a Cirrus SR-22 as the two planes prepared to land at Centennial Airport.

The Cirrus, which was equipped with a parachute that deployed after the collision, crashed, but the two people on board the plane were not injured. The Metroliner landed safely but was heavily damaged.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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