By Simon Hradecky

A Key Lime Air Swearingen SA-226TC Metro II, registration N280KL performing flight KG-970 from Salida,CO to Denver Centennial,CO (USA) with one crew, was on a visual approach to Centennial’s runway 17L cleared for the approach and was descending through 6400 feet about 3nm north of the threshold runway 17L at about 11:24L (16:24Z).

A private Cirrus SR-22, registration N416DJ with two people on board, was cleared for a visual approach to runway 17R and was advised of the traffic landing on the parallel runway. The Cirrus descended through 6400 feet about 3nm north of the threshold of runway 17R, but overshot the centerlines of both runways 17R and 17L.

The two aircraft collided, the Cirrus apparently struck across through the fuselage of the Metroliner just above the wings taking out the whole cabin section at that point. The Metro crew declared emergency on tower frequency reporting their right hand engine had failed and reported they saw another aircraft on parachute going down. After landing the crew advised, it had definitely been a mid air collision.

The Cirrus pilot activated their parachute and landed in a field nearby with no injuries. The crew of the Metroliner managed to land the aircraft at Centennial Airport.

The Cirrus with two people on board ended up about 2.7nm north of runway 17L in the area of the Cherry Creek Reservoir. The local Sheriff’s Office gave the location of the Cirrus between E. Bellevue Ave and S. Cherry Creek Drive. The Sheriffs Office stated, the other aircraft was carrying cargo only and was flown by a single pilot. There were no injuries.

The NTSB have opened an investigation and are dispatching investigators on site stating: “NTSB is investigating the May 12, 2021, mid-air collision involving a Metroliner & a Cirrus near Denver, Colorado. No injuries reported in connection with the collision. Initial report indicates collision happened as airplanes were landing. The NTSB will travel to the scene.”

Metars:
KAPA 121753Z VRB03KT 10SM FEW050 FEW080 12/M01 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP241 T01221011 10122 20000 57004=
KAPA 121653Z 00000KT 10SM FEW080 FEW140 10/M01 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP249 T01001006=
KAPA 121553Z 15003KT 10SM FEW080 FEW140 08/M01 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP250 T00781011=
KAPA 121453Z 24005KT 10SM FEW080 FEW140 07/00 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP255 T00670000 50003=
KAPA 121353Z VRB03KT 10SM FEW080 FEW140 FEW220 04/M01 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP261 T00391006=
KAPA 121253Z 21004KT 10SM FEW140 FEW220 02/00 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP265 ACSL DSNT N T00220000=
KAPA 121153Z 22003KT 10SM FEW220 00/M02 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP268 70015 T00001022 10022 21006 53003=

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/LYM970/history/20210512/1545Z/KANK/KAPA
https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N416DJ/history/20210512/1534Z/KAPA/L%2039.62003%20-104.85175

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