Pilot describes crashing into his former home

KUSA - The pilot who survived a crash into a Northglenn home he used to own spoke to 9NEWS Tuesday.

Brian Veatch says the odds are astronomical. Of all the houses he had to hit, it was a house where he once lived. Veatch says he knows the story is unbelievable on many levels.

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He wasn't hurt, and no one on the ground was hurt. He says he feels very grateful for that.

"A lot of people are calling it a miracle, and I believe that is true," Veatch said. "There's got to be a reason I'm still around."

Just a half hour into his flight, Veatch knew something was terribly wrong. He had minutes to get his plane down. He released his banner and was looking toward soccer fields in the area - he ever got there.

"I watched it the whole way going into the house, and then everything stopped," he said. "I did an immediate assessment on myself and realized that I wasn't injured."

As a firefighter first, Veatch was most concerned about saving lives and getting the fire out.

"I ran up to the back screen door and tried to see if it was unlocked. I pounded on the door. At that point I went into firefighter mode," Veatch explained.

He realized he crashed into a home he once owned when he got to the side of the house. He acknowledged the odds of a pilot crashing into their own home is astronomical.

"I don't know any pilot that would be good enough to fly upside down and crash into the house they owned a decade ago," he explained.

It was an unbelievable set of circumstances that he's just beginning to digest.

"There was a moment I did not think I was going to survive." Veatch said.

Veatch gives all the credit to North Metro Fire. He says they are the real heroes for getting the fire out so quickly.

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