- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 25, 2003

DENVER, Jan. 25 (UPI) — Two small planes collided over Denver late Friday, killing at least four people and spilling wreckage and fuel on a neighborhood, authorities said.

Six people on the ground suffered minor injuries.

"I was driving up the street and I just saw these planes hit and one of them went spinning, spinning, spinning out of control," Maria Anglade told the Rocky Mountain News. "It looked like one of the planes cut the other one in half."

There were at least two people aboard on each plane. One plane was identified as a single-engine Cessna 172 Skyhawk and the other was a Piper Cheyenne, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Skyhawk crashed into a home and exploded, igniting a blaze, while the second plane landed in the backyard of another home a few blocks away.

The first plane barely missed a high-rise home for senior citizens, the Rocky Mountain News said.

"If that plane would have hit the high-rise, it would be another story," said Denver Fire Capt. Todd Hamilton.

Emergency crews blocked off the area after a concern about a leaking gas line, a police spokesman said.

"We have no clues as to how this happened," said Denver Police spokeswoman Virginia Lopez.

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