Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

August 31, 2014 - 7:04 PM
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Personal de bomberos trabaja en el lugar donde murieron tres personas en un accidente de avioneta en un terreno al noroeste de la pista principal del Aeropuerto Municipal de Erie, Colorado, el domingo 31 de agosto de 2014. (Foto AP/The Daily Camera, Cliff Grassmick)

ERIE, Colo. (AP) — A spokesman for the National Transportation Board says all five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died.

NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon that the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.

Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis says the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off. A photo of the crash site posted on the Boulder Daily Camera's website showed the mangled wreckage of the plane, which crashed into a grassy field.

The NTSB is investigating the crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.