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2 dead in single-engine plane crash near Lone Tree

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 00:34:12-04

LONE TREE, Colo. — Two people died after a single-engine plane crashed on the side of a hill near Lone Tree Wednesday afternoon.

The plane crashed south of Ridgegate Parkway in Lone Tree. The Federal Aviation Administration said a single-engine Lancair Evolution hit power lines and crashed shortly before 2 p.m. while on approach to Centennial Airport. The pilot and a dog were aboard when the plane left Neosho, Missouri, the FAA said.

South Metro Fire Rescue said later Wednesday afternoon two people aboard the plane had died, as well as the dog.

The crash sparked a brush fire in the area, but South Metro Fire said crews had gotten a handle on the blaze and are were being careful around the downed lines until the charge is mitigated. A helicopter dropped water on embers to prevent the fire from sparking again, according to Kim Spuhler, a spokesperson for South Metro Fire.

The power lines struck during the crash were damaged and Xcel Energy said certain areas of south metro Denver will lose power Wednesday night while crews work to repair them. The outage is expected to start at 10 p.m. and will last up to two hours. Parts of Castle Rock, Englewood and Littleton will also be impacted. The boundaries of the affected area are Quebec to Chambers and C470 to Castle Pines.

As of 8:11 p.m., Xcel said just over 10,800 customers would be impacted.

This is the second crash involving planes on approach to Centennial Airport in five weeks. On May 12, two airplanes collided as they tried to land at the airport. One of the planes landed safely despite suffering severe damage and another used a parachute to land in a field at Cherry Creek State Park.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene of the Lone Tree crash.

This is a developing story. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.