Around 9 in the morning on Saturday, 17th September, two small planes collided mid-air. Both of the planes crashed killing three people. The people residing near the crash site in Longmont, 30 miles North of Denver, said they heard a loud banging noise, rushed out, and saw the planes crashing.
It beats everyone what may have caused the mid-air collision on a clear, cloudless morning. One of the planes was a Cessna 172 and the other was a Sonex Xenos. There were 2 people on the first plane, which is a four-seater, and the other plane, a two-seater had one person onboard. The authorities have retrieved the dead bodies of all the crash victims, however, they did not disclose their identities. It is even unclear whether they were able to identify the bodies.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be running an investigation of the crash site along with the wreckage. The NTSB is likely to release a preliminary report within 15 days.
According to the office of the Boulder County Sheriff, the first responders found two separate crash sites for the two planes. The crash took place quite close to the Airport.
It’s crazy to think that mid-air airplane collisions were quite common up till 1956. Between 1948 and 1955 there had been 127 instances of mid-air plane crashes in the USA, 30 of the crashed planes were civilian liners.
It all changed in June 1956, when two civilian planes carrying a total of 128 people collided over 21000 feet above the Grand Canyon. One plane dived nose first and crashed on a ledge overlooking the Colorado river, and the other one crashed a mile away as it hit a cliff.
The changes brought in the American aviation industry after the 1956 catastrophe are still felt by the passengers. The chances of a mid-air collision between two passenger aircraft are extremely low. And the recent crash in Colorado, though minuscule in comparison, brings back horrid memories of the 1956 crash over the Grand Canyon.