Mid-air fiery plane crash killed 3 people in Colorado

Legal news for Colorado aviation accident attorneys. Two planes collided in mid-air for unknown reasons.

Colorado aviation accident alert- A mid-air collision involving a tow plane that was towing a glider plane and another small plane killed three people.

Boulder, CO—A mid-air collision between a plane that was towing a glider plane and another small plane killed three people in a fiery crash on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The glider disconnected from its tow plane when the collision took place at 1:30 p.m., near the Boulder Municipal Airport, as reported by USA Today.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported that the glider plane, which is a light-weight aircraft that is towed into the air by another plane then released to glide down to the ground, was able to safely make it to the ground with its three occupants. Directly after the glider was released, the tow plane and another small plane collided in mid-air and erupted into a fireball. The pilot of the glider, Rueben Bakker, reportedly saw the imminent collision and released the glider, but still managed to fly through the fireball. The tow plane, which was a Piper Pawnee, had only the pilot aboard before the fatal crash. The other plane a single-engine, four-seat Cirrus SR20, was reportedly carrying two people. All three people on both planes were tragically killed in the wreck. It is currently unknown why the other plane got so close to the tow plane and glider, sparking the mid-air crash. Debris was scattered over a 1-mile area, which landed near a suburban area with homes and businesses. No one on the ground was injured. The Federal Aviation (FAA) http://www.faa.gov/ is conducting a full investigation into the fatal plane crash.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Colorado aviation accident lawyers.