AP NEWS
Click to copy
Click to copy

Preliminary report: Colorado pilot tried to glide to landing

June 9, 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A preliminary report says a pilot who died in a Colorado plane crash was trying to glide to a runway after his plane caught fire.

Sixty-nine-year-old Thomas Lawson, of Golden, died when the Beech 60 airplane landed a half-mile (1 kilometer) north of Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland on May 15.

The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the blades of the airplane’s right propeller were in a feathered position, or turned to reduce drag and increase glide distance.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the pilot of another aircraft reported the plane was on fire.

The plane took off from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. The impact and fire nearly completely destroyed the plane.

Lawson was the only person on board.

___

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

All contents © copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.