DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Two people on board a single-engine plane sustained minor injuries after the Cessna crashed in the median of E-470 south of Centennial Airport in Douglas County Tuesday afternoon.
The plane came to a rest on E-470 between South Jamaica and South Peoria streets. The two occupants on board the plane were able to evacuate after the landing, South Metro Fire Rescue said.
The two occupants were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. No incidents occurred on the highway.
Video from the scene shows the plane’s engine on fire as crews from South Metro Fire Rescue work to contain the flames. The crash sparked a small grass fire in the area.
Crews later tweeted that they working to get the remaining jet fuel out from the wrecked plane.
Traffic Advisory UPDATE— CSP E470 (@CSP_E470) March 8, 2022
Hazmat Units from the @CSP_News & @SouthMetroPIO are working on getting the remaining jet fuel out of the wrecked plane @ColoradoDOT is assisting @E470 w/ road closures near the scene
Unknown ETA to open pic.twitter.com/VfTRERSVOw
Both sides of E-470 were shut down in the area. Southbound traffic was diverted onto Chambers Road. The roadway has since been reopened.
It’s not clear what caused the pilot to put the plane down near the highway. An investigation is underway.
The previous owner told Denver7 he sold the plane 30 days ago. He said work was done on the aircraft after the sale but wouldn't elaborate.
Officials with South Metro Fire said the plane took off from Dodge City, Kansas, and was trying to land at the Centennial Airport.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is learned.