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Pilot, 3 passengers killed in Boulder County plane crash

The twin-engine plane crashed in a heavily wooded area off Lefthand Canyon Drive Sunday morning, killing all four people on board.

BOULDER, Colo — All four people aboard were killed when a small plane crashed near Lefthand Canyon Drive on Sunday, according to a preliminary report from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The crash was reported at about 9:40 a.m. in the 11000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, between Gold Hill and Ward. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna P337, crashed in a heavily wooded area on the south side of the road, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.

The FAA said there were four fatalities when the plane crashed under unknown circumstances.

Tom Carr owns the property where the plane went down, and saw the crash happen. 

"The plane was going very quickly and then when it sort of corkscrewed a little bit, it just went right into the ground and blew up," Carr said. "So nobody could have lived through it. I knew that." 

He said there was an explosion, a plume of smoke and a lot of fire. 

"I thought we were going to lose our house, because it's pretty close and the winds blow down the canyon," he said. 

The crash sparked a fire that burned about a half acre in heavy timber before firefighters got it under control. The sheriff's office issued an evacuation warning for surrounding areas while crews fought the fire. That warning was lifted later Sunday morning.

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