TELLURIDE, Colo. — A small airplane crashed at the Telluride Airport Sunday morning, badly damaging the plane but leaving the pilot unhurt.
A single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza A36 turboprop, piloted by a 51-year-old Mt. Crested Butte man, had taken off shortly before 11 a.m. heading west, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office reported. Shortly after becoming airborne, the plane veered to the southwest and could not gain altitude. The aircraft hit the ground about 200 yards south of the runway and skidded another 100 yards, crashing into the airport perimeter fence and some oakbrush, which caused it to stop within 30 feet of a steep cliff.
The aircraft was extensively damaged, but there was no fire and the pilot, the only occupant, was uninjured.
The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office responded to the airport, along with multiple other agencies, the sheriff’s office reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA have been notified and will be conducting the investigation.