Fiery plane crash in Douglas County kills pilot

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — A small airplane crashed and burst into flames near some homes in extreme northern Douglas County late Wednesday afternoon. The pilot died in the crash according to a South Metro Fire Rescue spokesperson.

Video from SkyFOX showed debris on fire in a field. The Aurora Police Department responded and said none of the homes were threatened by the flames. Firefighters contained the small fire quickly.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says it appeared to be a twin engine plane. The pilot was the only person on board.

Federal investigators had already arrived on the scene Wednesday evening, and planned to work at the site into the night.

Robb Halley, a witness, told FOX31 Denver the plane appeared to be flying low to the ground, possibly performing stunts. Halley says he started shooting video of the plane. Shortly after he turned the camera off, he says he heard two loud booms as the plane crashed. Halley’s video appears below.

The location was put south of County Line Road and east of N. Piney Lake Road in unincorporated Douglas County. It’s south of the Blackstone Country Club, not too far from E. Powhaton Road and E. Smoky Hill Rd.