TWO planes collided in mid-air near Denver as pictures show one aircraft was left ripped in half after suffering major damage to its tail.
Both planes were preparing to land at a small regional airport in Colorado yesterday morning when they hit one another.
A pilot and a passenger were on a single-engine Cirrus SR-22 plane that unleashed a red and white parachute, safely guiding the aircraft to a field near Cherry Creek State Park.
The pilot was the only person aboard a twin-engine Fairchild Metroliner that suffered major tail damage.
Despite this, the aircraft managed to land safely at Centennial airport and remarkably no fatalities were reported.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy John Bartmann told the AP: "Every one of these pilots needs to go buy a lottery ticket right now.
“I don’t remember anything like this — especially everybody walking away. I mean that’s the amazing part of this."
June Cvelborg told KUSA TV that she witnessed the collision while she was walking in the park
She said: “I saw two planes in the sky. I saw a larger plane which I thought was a tow plane, along with what I thought was a glider being towed by it.
“I heard a noise but didn’t realize that the two planes had collided.”
She saw the green plane fly away and saw the smaller plane deploy its parachute.
June thought it was a training drill but ran towards the small plane when she realized it was going down.
She said: "When I realized that the small plane was going down I ran toward it. The pilot and his passenger were up and about."
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending staff to investigate.
Key Lime Air also said that they will cooperate in any investigation, the company said in a statement.
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