Pilot survives when plane crashes into unoccupied Northglenn home.
NORTHGLENN - A pilot who survived a small plane crash into a Northglenn house Monday shares the same name as a man who once owned the home.
The pilot was identified as Brian Veatch. South Metro Fire confirmed Veatch piloted the banner-towing plane and said he works for the department as an engineer. Northglenn Police also confirmed Veatch was the pilot.
Property records show a man named Brian Veatch owned the same house at 11067 Livingston Dr. from 2000 to 2003. 9NEWS could not immediately confirm they are the same man and neither could authorities, but the names are a match.
In 2013, 9NEWS interviewed Brian Veatch as part of a story, but our reporters have thus far been unable to reach him since the crash.
Firefighters said Veatch not only survived but was able to walk away after the plane went down around 3:30 p.m. in a neighborhood south of West 112th Avenue.
The aircraft slammed into the back of the home. It was upside down with its tail section sticking out from the roof.
Veatch tried to put out the fire himself before firefighters stopped him, according Tom Mace with Drag'nFly Banners, which owns the plane.
Veatch was treated at the scene but was never transported to a hospital, according to an update from North Metro Fire Monday night.
Authorities say no one was inside the home at the time of the crash. Firefighters were able to safely rescue two pet dogs and a lizard.
Northglenn Police Department spokesman Ron Haralson said the plane was towing a commercial banner when it went down. He says he does not know if there was a problem with the banner or the plane, but Mace believes the engine lost power.
Federal investigators will work to determine the cause.
Drag'nFly Banners recently purchased the Piper PA-25 Pawnee, and it had just had its annual inspection, Mace said.
A witness, Sonny Minjavez, told 9NEWS the Veatch was struggling to keep the banner aloft. Minjavez said he was traveling eastbound on West 112th Avenue when he saw the plane. He said the plane's nose was high up in the air while the banner ad was low to the ground. He said the plane made a "U-turn" and then he saw smoke.
Neighbors said they heard what they believed was a lawn mower and then an explosion sound.
"It was just pandemonium pretty much," witness Lauren Mitts said.
"The nose is pointing down and eventually we see just black smoke, and my babysitter yells at us 'get in the car! Get in the car! Let's go!'" witness Somara Cesena said.
9NEWS aviation expert Greg Feith says investigators will look at how much experience the pilot has. He says Veatch should have dropped the banner sooner if he was having trouble.
Feith says the type of plane that crashed has a roll cage, which likely kept Veatch safe.
Besides towing banners, the PA-25 Pawnee is used for crop dusting or towing gliders.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration interviewed Veatch at the Northglenn Police Department Monday night.
Plane crashes into home, sparks fire. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 05/05/14.
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