Metroliner and Cirrus collide over Denver, both land safely

Dramatic images circulating on social media show the severely damaged turboprop

A Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner and Cirrus SR-22 were involved in a mid-air collision over  Colorado yesterday (May 12).  

The turboprop sustained extensive damage to the rear of the fuselage and empennage but was able to land safely at Centennial Airport, which is about 30 miles south of Denver International. 

The pilot of the single-engine piston aircraft deployed an airframe parachute system which resulted in a safe landing in a field near the collision point. 

In a statement, the NTSB said it was investigating the incident and that “no injuries [were] reported in connection with the collision and that “initial reports indicate [the] collision happened as [the] airplanes were landing.”  

The Metroliner, N280KL (c/n TC-280), was being operated by Colorado-based charter carrier, Key Lime Air, on a short 30-minute flight between Salida/Harriet Alexander Field Airport and Centennial. There was only one person on board. 

The Cirrus, N416DJ (c/n 4394) – which was built in 2016 – had two people on board at the time of the incident. The aircraft had departed Centennial Airport and flew northbound before returning around an hour later. 

The NTSB says it will travel to the scene.