Two dead after plane crash near Centennial Airport; power outage expected in Lone Tree, Parker areas

Plane hit electrical line and came down in open field


Two people and one dog died after a plane hit an electrical line and crashed in an open field in the Lone Tree area near Interstate 25 on June 16, according to South Metro Fire Rescue.

The Douglas County Coroner’s Office identified the victims as Kathleen Velazco, 65, and Antenor Velazco, 73, both from Jonesboro, Georgia.

The "family dog" also died, and its remains were handled appropriately, said Jill Romann, the Douglas County coroner.

The crash caused a fire the afternoon of June 16, and the fire agency tweeted that the incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. Power lines were down in the area.

The Town of Parker posted on Facebook at about 6:50 p.m. that residents in parts of the Lone Tree and Parker areas should expect a power outage starting at 10 p.m. and lasting up to two hours. The town's post included a statement from Xcel Energy.

“Xcel Energy crews are on site of today’s small plane that crashed into power lines," the statement read. It continued: "Customers in the area will experience an outage tonight as crews cut the energy to the line so emergency crews can do their work."
The boundaries of the area affected by the outage were to be Quebec Street to Chambers Road and the C-470 highway down to Castle Pines.

There were still “hotspots” at the plane crash site as of about 2:45 p.m. June 16, but any remaining fire was being mitigated and was under control, according to Kim Spuhler, spokesperson for South Metro Fire Rescue. No structures sit near the crash, Spuhler said, which occurred near Ridgegate Parkway and Peoria Street.

The two people and dog who died were on board the plane when it crashed. South Metro Fire had no other injuries to report from the crash as of about 7 p.m.

After the crash, a brush fire spread, the fire agency said on Twitter.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene along with South Metro Fire crews.

The crash was being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane — a single-engine turbo propeller Lancair Evolution — was en route to arrive at Centennial Airport, said Deborah Grigsby Smith, spokesperson for the airport. The crash occurred a couple miles south of the airport.

Centennial Airport is a general aviation airport, meaning it features flight training and medical evacuation, corporate charter, small cargo, and recreational flights, among other uses. But commercial airline flights, like those on United or Southwest airlines, for example, are not part of its activity.

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