DENVER — A student pilot got a scare Sunday morning when his small plane malfunctioned, sending it caroming off the runway at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport near Broomfield.
The crash occurred shortly after noon, Stacey Mulligan of North Metro Fire said. The 18-year-old student was practicing “touch-and-go” drills, where a pilot repeatedly lands the aircraft and then takes back off again without coming to a full stop. The student had just over 58 hours of total flight time, officials said.
On the student’s third approach, his single-engine craft’s front landing gear collapsed, sending the nose of the plane pitching into the ground. The propeller caught the ground, causing the craft to slide off the runway.
Emergency responders arrived to find the plane irreparably damaged, but the student unhurt.