Colorado

Mar 8, 2010 9:34 AM by Associated Press

Pilots say rules for uncontrolled airspace work

Federal investigators are examining what communications pilots of two small planes had just before a fatal crash above Boulder last month, but other general-aviation pilots say it's not unusual for them to fly in uncontrolled airspace on a clear day without talking to anybody.

A Cirrus SR20 that left Erie Municipal Airport on Feb. 6 collided with a Piper Pawnee that took off from Boulder Municipal Airport towing a glider, killing three people on the planes. The glider disconnected from the Piper Pawnee just before the crash and flew to safety.

Pilots who also flew that day say it was a bit hazy and sunny.

Vector Air owner and pilot Jason Hurd says he's not sure more regulation would have helped the pilots.

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