Small plane crashes feet from home near Denver, killing pilot

December 30, 2014

A cargo pilot who died when he crashed a small plane into the front yard of a suburban Denver home had reported loss of engine power before going down.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the twin-engine Cessna 404 cartwheeled a bit before stopping a few feet from the front door of a home around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. The house had some heat damage from the resulting fire, but no one else was injured.

The Key Lime plane had taken off from nearby Centennial Airport and was heading to Denver International Airport when it crashed in below-zero weather.

South Metro Fire Rescue Authority spokeswoman Becky O'Guin says the plane slid through at least one other yard before stopping in front of the home.

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— SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) December 30, 2014

NTSB investigator Jennifer Rodi says cold weather can affect engine performance, and the investigation will look at how the plane was stored and whether the engine was preheated, among many other factors.

No one else was injured. The pilot's identity hasn't been released.

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