At 8:23 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018, Local 2164 members responded to a plane crash in Lone Tree near Ridgegate Parkway and Stepping Stone Circle. The first call came from the Centennial Airport Control Tower after they lost radar contact with the aircraft. The initial response was 12 units including specialized 4x4 airport rescue and firefighting trucks and medic units. As crews began searching the area, residents on Pastel Pt. called and reported the crash west of their homes. One home was struck by the plane’s engine, which was lodged in the first floor wall. Additional support staff and medic units responded to scene as soon as a damaged home was reported. The occupants were home at the time and thankfully they were not injured. Firefighters verified they didn’t need medical attention and confirmed there was no fire hazard.
From the back of the home the rest of the crash site was not visible. Residents, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters made their way into the dark open space and located the debris field. An immediate search for survivors began and sadly, none were located. No information about the number of passengers on board was available to responders so a thorough grid search was performed on the ground. Tragically, one person was found deceased.
Local members worked very closely in unified command with City of Lone Tree Government Police, Parker Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County Search and Rescue, Centennial Airport, the FAA and the NTSB. All personnel from SMFR left the scene around 11:00 p.m. and will only return if requested by the investigators on site. Further updates will come from the City of Lone Tree and the NTSB.