Aviation officials continue investigation into Broomfield crash

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (KDVR) – The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a fatal single-engine plane crash in the Anthem Ranch neighborhood of Broomfield.

Crews and aviation officials worked investigating and clearing wreckage near Lowell Boulevard and Las Brisas Drive Sunday afternoon into evening.

North Metro Fire confirmed that two people were killed in the crash, but no bystanders were injured and no homes were damaged.

Professor Chad Kendall of Metropolitan State University is an aviation expert who lives near an airport. He told FOX31 that the crash investigation will focus on key factors.

“Was the plane airworthy? Were there any mechanical problems that the pilot could not see that could have happened in flight? They watch the operation, the weather,” he said.

Kendall adds that while crashes near populated areas are tragic, they are not likely.

“There are a multitude of airports around the congested areas where operations go on day in and day out,” he said.

The crash happened minutes from Erie Municipal Airport, where the runway is nestled in the sprawl of suburban neighborhoods, businesses and busy streets. Kendall says residents living in these areas should understand that precautions and planning are based on strict safety standards.

“There are hundreds of operations from these airports in terms of take-offs and landings every day, it doesn’t affect my decision to live near these airports,” Kendall said.

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