NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A small plane crashed into a house in Northglenn Monday afternoon but remarkably the pilot, Brian Veatch, was not injured.
Firefighters said the crash happened just before 4 p.m. in the 11000 block of E. Livingston Drive.
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The single-engine plane crashed into the roof of the two-story home upside down. Its tail and one wing could be seen sticking out.
A spokeswoman for the North Metro Fire Department said the pilot was able to walk away from the crash. A neighbor told FOX31 Denver Monday night he found a man inside the house at the bottom of the stairs who said he was the pilot. The neighbor found that to be remarkable based on what he saw around him, including flames at the top of the stairs.
Pilot was able to walk away from accident and has been transported to hospital. No one home at time of crash. pic.twitter.com/sLdvswdMr6
— North Metro Fire (@NMFirePIO) May 5, 2014
People who live in the neighborhood say there were two miracles from the crash. One was that no one was home when the crash happened. The other was that Veatch managed to walk away without even requiring a trip to the hospital.
The plane was carrying an advertising banner for Geico, firefighters said.
Witnesses said the plane was flying low to the ground. The witnesses said the plane appeared to be struggling to stay in the air.
The crash started a fire, but firefighters were able to put it out quickly and prevent any more damage to the home.
Veatch spent several hours with authorities talking to them about what happened. He’s a veteran pilot who lives in the north metro Denver area. He also works as a firefighter.