1 dead in Douglas County plane crash

AURORA - A pilot of small plane was killed in a crash near homes in southeast Aurora Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say the pilot was the only person on board.

The plane went down in Douglas County near East Otero Drive and East Phillips Place near the Blackstone Country Club.

The view from Sky9 showed smoke, fire and pieces of the plane scattered around the crash site. The accident also sparked a 2-acre grass fire that was quickly put out.

Aurora police say the fire did not threaten any structures in the area.

The owner of the twin-engine Piper is based in California, according to the FAA. KNTV in California spoke to the son of the plane's former owner, who said his father sold the plane to a person in Colorado two weeks ago. Authorities have not identified the pilot.

A viewer-submitted video shows the twin-engine Piper flying up, stalling and then diving low to the ground seconds before the crash. It's not known how the plane went down at this time.

READ: Was the pilot showing off?

The sound of a low flying aircraft immediately caught Jennifer Dandy's attention.

"I was just hoping he wasn't going to crash into my house," Dandy said, who caught the crash on video. "The plane came out of nowhere."

Former NTSB investigator Greg Feith says the video of the pilot flying low and doing tricks raise some red flags. He said the pilot may have lived in the area and was showing off to a friend or family member.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been called in to investigate. No other information was released.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)


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