At least one victim in Arvada plane crash has died, conditions of others still unknown

A photo shows a plane crashed in front of an Arvada home. The truck in the driveway looks to have sustained damage. Firefighters were putting out a fire.
Arvada Police Department
An early photo shared by law enforcement shows the plane in the front lawn of a modest brick home, which looked to be otherwise spared. Firefighters were hosing down the wreckage.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024.

At least one person is dead following a plane crash in Arvada on Friday, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

The office could not provide further details on the conditions of three others injured by the crash. The Arvada Police Department said the victims included two adults and two minors.

On Monday, Arvada police confirmed the person killed in the plane crash as Melissa Brinkmann. In a statement released through APD, the family said Brinkmann died on Saturday, June 8. According to her public LinkedIn profile, Brinkmann was a managing director and account executive for Accenture in the greater Denver area.

"Melissa was bold, brave, loving, and a fierce champion of those she loved – and she loved soundlessly," the family stated. "To know Melissa was to be inspired by her. She elevated others and made this world a better place."

No other identifying information on the three surviving victims has been released.

It appears that four people were aboard the single-engine Beechcraft 35 Bonanza when engine trouble forced it to attempt an emergency landing about 15 minutes after taking off from Centennial Airport. The plane skidded down Oberon Road in Arvada, burst into flames and partially disintegrated as it came to a rest in the front yard of a home.

It is unclear whether all four injured people were aboard the plane, or if some were bystanders on the ground. The coroner’s office couldn’t say on Monday morning whether the death happened while the victim was being transported or at the hospital. 

Investigations are ongoing and no further information has not been released about the person who died.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

CPR News' Stephanie Rivera contributed to this report.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with information on one of the four victims.