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2 Small Planes Collide, Crash in Denver

January 25, 2003

DENVER (AP) _ Two small airplanes collided Friday over a residential neighborhood in northwest Denver, scattering debris into yards and homes, police said.

Emergency rescue teams were trying to free people from the twin-engine Cessna aircraft, police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether there were any fatalities. Six people on the ground, including a 2-year-old, suffered minor injuries from flying debris, said Bev Lilly of St. Anthony Central Hospital.

The crash sites of the Cessna and the single-engine Piper Cheyenne were about half a dozen blocks apart. The tail of one plane was resting on a sidewalk about two blocks from one of the crashes.

Ed Mascarenas, 36, said he was driving through an alley when heard a loud noise, looked up and saw a plane spinning toward the ground. He said it crashed between a house and a garage.

Mascarenas said he ran to the wreckage and tried to pull open the door but failed. ``Nobody got out. I tried to get in there. I could hear someone,″ he said.

Maureen Ulevich said she was walking her dog when she heard a loud bang, looked up and saw one of the planes.

``It looked to me like the left wing had fire and smoke. It was sort of spiraling down toward the ground, not nose down but sort of flat,″ she said. ``It looked as if there was fire in the engine.″

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