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Video: Plane almost crashes in Colorado mountains

By meerna Jul11,2024
Video: Plane almost crashes in Colorado mountains

DENVER (KDVR) — A July 4 plane appeared to come close to tragedy near the Continental Divide.

The pilot apparently tried to fly over a mountain pass in Grand County, but the plane couldn’t maintain enough altitude and nearly stalled. A group of hikers captured video of the pilot making a last-minute maneuver to save the day.

Cessna plane nose-first into Colorado's Rocky Mountains
A group of tourists captured video of a Cessna pilot apparently trying to fly over a mountain pass in Grand County but unable to maintain enough altitude. (Submitted)

At the beginning of the film, the plane is flying straight down toward a snowfield. The pilot of the small Cessna seems to pull in just in time as the plane’s belly almost grazes the ground.

The man who posted the video online said the plane was flying through a valley near Devil’s Thumb and was struggling to gain the altitude and speed needed to cross the pass between the two peaks.

FlightAware data shows the plane took off from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield and headed to Granby. Just before the near-crash, the plane slowed to 47 mph at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.

Altitude could be a problem. Experts say engines like the one in this Cessna can’t reach full power at higher altitudes.

According to FlightAware, the plane was able to fly another route and land safely in Granby.

By meerna

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