News Plane Crashes — 02 March 2013

Photo: PLANE CRASHES ON GOLF COURSE: North Metro Fire Rescue District firefighters walk past a Twin Aero Commander that crash-landed on the Omni Interlocken Golf Course on Friday. No one was hurt. See video interviews with witnesses. (David R. Jennings / Broomfield Enterprise)

A small airplane crash-landed this afternoon on the Omni Interlocken Golf Course. No one was injured.

Mechanical problems were likely the cause of the crash, which occurred about 3:45 p.m., according to

Kenneth Maenpa, director of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Maenpa said the pilot reported a loss of power in both engines of his twin engine Aero Commander and had to make an emergency landing. The plane slid on the golf course’s snow-covered grass before stopping about 100 feet from Eldorado Boulevard on the Omni’s Sunshine course.

The pilot “did what he had to do and what he was trained to do,” Maenpa said.

The pilot and co-pilot, the only people on the plane, have not been identified, but witnesses said two adult men walk away from the crash unharmed.

Vivian Sabin said she was driving to Walmart when she saw the plane go down.

“There were no flames, nothing,” she said, adding she ran up to the plane and hugged one of the passengers as he walked away from the crash.

Larry Collins, director of golf for the Omni, said he cannot recall there ever being a crash on the course. He took the job in 1999.

But given the course’s proximity to Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, they have a plan just in case.

“We have emergency procedures in place in case of an incident like this,” he said.

Broomfield police, North Metro Fire Rescue District and members of the airport’s operations crew responded to the crash.

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