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1 plane deploys parachute, other lands safely after mid-air collision near Denver

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- One airplane landed at Centennial Airport despite having a gaping hole in the fuselage, and another plane floated down to the ground thanks to a parachute safety system -- all after a mid-air collision Wednesday morning near Cherry Creek State Park.

South Metro Fire Rescue shared a picture of one Cirrus SR22 plane that deployed a parachute recovery system to drift down to the ground. According to SMFR, the SR22 and another plane collided midair, but there were no injuries.

Our partners at 9News found the other plane at Centennial Airport, a Key Lime Air propeller plane. Even with a large chunk of the plane's cabin destroyed, it was able to land safely.

One of the safety features on the SR22 is the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, which stabilizes the plane on its way down to the ground with a parachute. An example of the deployment can be seen below:

The cause of the mid-air collision isn't yet known.

Andrew McMillan

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    1. The pilot of the Key Lime plane, yes.
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      The pilot of the Cirrus, not at all. The Cirrus pilot was on a right base to runway 17R as the Key Line was on a straight in approach to runway 17L. The Cirrus pilot overshot his turn to final for the final approach course to 17R and even overshot the final approach course for 17L, flying through the fuselage of the Key Lime plan. That’s an unforgivable mistake. Had the Cirrus pilot been a good pilot, we wouldn’t be reading about this mishap.

  1. I don’t know about that. If they were good pilots they wouldn’t have collided. More like lucky than good.

    1. If they were BOTH good pilots, you’d be correct. Presumably at least one of them wasn’t so good.

  2. “Our partners at 9News found the other plane at Centennial Airport, a Key Lime Air propeller plane.”
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    The Key Lime Air plane was a Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner SA226TC. It was on a cargo flight at the time, which is why there were no passengers sitting in any of the seats that got ripped out of the fuselage. It was on approach to land at Centennial Airport when it was hit by the Cirrus.

    1. The damage to the Fairchild plane makes me wonder if the Cirrus was already out of control and falling when it hit.

      1. The Cirrus pilot was on a right base to runway 17R as the Key Line was on a straight in approach to runway 17L. The Cirrus pilot overshot his turn to final for the final approach course to 17R and even overshot the final approach course for 17L, flying through the fuselage of the Key Lime plan. The Cirrus doesn’t appear to be out of control, the pilot just wasn’t paying any attention to where he was, and flew through the Metroliner.
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        A “propeller plane.” Gotta love reporters. A “turboprop” would have been much better.

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