NORTHGLENN, Colo. – The pilot who walked away from an airplane crash into a Northglenn home on Monday once owned the home, investigators said.
Pieces of the airplane were still visible from the road where the crash happened at Livingston Drive and Claire Lane Tuesday morning. By Tuesday afternoon, the plane had been pulled out of the house. Whether the pilot knew that he once owned the home at the time of the crash is under investigation.
The pilot, Brian Veatch, is a firefighter for the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority. He was back at work at his fire station Tuesday night. He works part-time as a banner advertising pilot.
His plane crashed into the roof upside down, slicing into the home late Monday afternoon.
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Nobody was home when the plane crashed. The pilot, Brian Veatch, is a firefighter for South Metro Fire and also works part-time as an advertising banner plane pilot.
The current owner met with the media Tuesday and said he's grateful there was no loss of life. He was worried about the family's dogs, but they were fine, so he's taking it all in stride. He says he has insurance and the loss was material, so he's confident things will work out for him.
Investigators said the plane was carrying an ad for Geico and was headed to Coors Field for the Rockies game.
The man who owns the plane said Veatch lost power and tried locating a field to land but had no choice but to come down in the neighborhood.
“The fact he didn't go nose down first -- it probably softened the blow. It probably saved his life,” said Tom Mace, owner of Drag ‘n’ Fly Banners.
According to public records, Veatch owns a home about a mile from the crash site.
The family that now owns the home is in good spirits. They were reunited with the pets shortly after the crash.