Plane with 7 aboard crashes into snow plow at Telluride Airport

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A small plane crashed into a snow plow at Telluride Airport. (Photo: San Miguel County Sheriff's Office)

TELLURIDE, Colo. — A small twin-engine plane landing in Telluride crashed into a snow plow at Telluride Airport Wednesday afternoon, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office.

The Hawker Beechjet 400, registered out of Mexico, originated out of El Paso, Texas with five passengers and two crewmembers on board when it landed at 2:15 p.m., struck a snowplow and slid off the runway, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The occupants were Mexican citizens traveling to Telluride for vacation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Airport officials told Sheriff Deputies the runway was closed for snow removal maintenance at the time of the landing and the airport operator reportedly did not receive any radio communication from the pilot prior to the aircraft’s landing.

An airport employee told Sheriff’s Deputies he was driving the snowplow when it was struck from behind and said he never saw the plane coming. He estimated the speed of the aircraft to be around 100 mph at the time of impact.

There were no reported injuries from anyone on the plane or the plow driver.

Broken snow showers were in the area at the time of the crash, but visibility was at least 7 miles, and wind was not believed to be a factor.

“We had rapid response from multiple agencies to ensure scene safety and initiate any appropriate interventions needed,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said. “We were pleased all occupants walked away uninjured.”

The multi-agency response included multiple San Miguel Sheriff’s Office Deputies and more than a dozen Telluride Fire Protection District Fire, EMS and HAZMAT personnel.

The National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSB) will be investigating the incident.

 

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