Small plane crashes into mobile home park in Colorado mountain town, killing 2 on board

A small plane crashed into a mobile home park in the Colorado mountain town of Steamboat Springs on Monday, killing both occupants on board. That’s according to the Routt County Coroner’s Office, which said the victims were a man and a woman. Steamboat Springs fire officials said no one in the mobile park was killed.

The twin-engine Cessna 421 struck two mobile homes at 4:23 p.m. and started a fire in the small Routt County community that also spread to outbuildings.

Gabriel T. Rogers

After the plane hit, residents of the West Acres trailer park rushed to escape the smoke and flames.

Two children who live in the neighborhood shared what they saw in the first frightening moments after the plane went down.

“I just heard this explosion. I came out and I saw flames,” José Alegria said.

“And I hear boom. Everything around us is shaking and there’s screaming. There’s people screaming,” Beyoncé Alegria said.

Then others rushed in to try to help him. Jae Seifert and his friend Mike McGlone drove to the park, fearing the plane might crash into another nearby neighborhood where McGlone’s children live. They were among those investigating whether people were trapped in their homes.

“People were coming out of their homes with fire extinguishers and buckets of water and other things, I think, to try to help,” Seifert said. “We ran to both doors of the mobile home units that were on fire, tried to scream inside to see if there was anyone inside, any animals, anything like that .And we tried until we couldn’t stand the heat anymore.”

The fire was just too intense.

“It was too flaming and too hot within fifty feet of any of these structures to get close,” McGlone said.

Steamboat Springs police set up a call line for concerned family members who were unsure if their loved ones were safe, but after a few hours they said everyone living in the mobile home park was found.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the accident. According to FlightAware, the plane departed from Ogden, Utah, then landed at Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado. He then departed from Longmont and was en route to Steamboat Springs when he crashed.

“We both looked up and there was a plane in a spin,” said Seifert, who was visiting McGlone at Westside Auto when they spotted the plane in trouble.

“I heard it before it was visible,” McGlone said. “It was going in circles and one of the engines was definitely broken.”

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue

“Basically the plane wasn’t really producing much forward momentum but was basically rotating 360 degrees. Almost stationary, which was pretty weird,” Seifert said.

The Routt County Office of Emergency Management is assisting park residents affected by the accident.

Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue

West Acres Trailer Park is located near the Steamboat Springs Airport. The airport is located just over 3 km northwest of the ski resort town center. It only serves private operations. Commercial flights land at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, located 28 miles west of downtown.

This is at least the third plane crash in Colorado this month. On Sunday, a plane attempted to make an emergency landing on Interstate 25 and crashed near a stream bed in the Larskspur region. And a crash in Arvada on June 7 killed a mother who was on a plane when it landed in someone’s backyard.

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