Updated: One dead after plane crashes near Centennial Airport

No other injuries reported, cause under investigation


There is a confirmed fatality in the Aug. 9 small, single-engine plane crash near the FedEx building located at 14250 Grasslands Drive in unincorporated Douglas County, South Metro Fire Rescue said via Twitter.

The plane, a Cessna 182, had departed from runway 10 at Centennial Airport, located at 7565 S. Peoria St, at about 12:50 p.m. and was in the air for just moments before it crashed, said Lauren Ono, a public information officer for South Metro Fire Rescue. 

The plane crashed in an open field. Besides the pilot, there were no other occupants on board and there were no other injuries reported, according to South Metro Fire Rescue. 

The pilot was pronounced dead on-scene, and during the afternoon of Aug. 9, the victim was removed from the plane and transported to the Douglas County Coroner’s Office, Ono said. The coroner’s office will handle victim identification. 

Ono said South Metro Fire Rescue received a 911 call shortly after 12:50 p.m. from someone who said they had heard a noise and reported a plane that was down in a field with heavy damage. She said South Metro Fire Rescue was dispatched at about 12:52 p.m. 

As of 10:40 a.m. Aug. 10, no fire had occurred due to the crash, but there was a small fuel spill from the plane’s wing, Ono said. The cause of the fuel spill will be investigated to determine if the spill happened before the crash or due to the crash, she said. 

The National Transportation Safety Board, an independent U.S. government investigative agency, said via Twitter that it is investigating the crash and identified the plane as a Cessna 182Q. 

An initial accident report from the Federal Aviation Administration states the “aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances after departure.” It lists the registration number of the flight craft as N727PC, which according to Flight Aware, is a 1979 plane owned by PB&J Holding LLC, based in Franktown. 

Several aircraft incidents in the Centennial Airport area have made local headlines in recent years. Recently, in March, a plane landed on the grass median in the middle of the E-470 toll highway near Centennial Airport. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Centennial Airport is one of the 25 busiest airports in the U.S. and averages 1,000 takeoffs and landings per day.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated as more information is confirmed.

Centennial Airport, Airplane Crash, South Metro Fire Rescue, Douglas County Sheriff's Office


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