Sady Swanson and Miles Blumhardt, Fort Collins Coloradoan

An airplane crash near the airport serving the Fort Collins and Loveland area will be investigated by federal aviation authorities. 

The crash was reported shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday about a quarter-mile northwest of the Larimer Humane Society off Larimer County Road 30. The crash site is just north of the airport.

Airport officials at 1:07 p.m. tweeted that a twin-engine Beechcraft made an emergency landing on County Road 30. The number of passengers on board has not been released, and it was unclear Wednesday whether anyone survived the crash.

The plane crashed on private property in a dry retention pond, and the Larimer County health department is assessing any mitigation needs for spilled fuel, said Carie Dann, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority battalion chief.

A Coloradoan reporter at the scene observed emergency responders attending to the wreckage of the aircraft roughly 100 yards from the road. Workers also searched for debris in the area.

Archives of Loveland Fire Rescue Authority emergency audio indicate that the unidentified pilot of the aircraft complained of smoke in the cockpit and had one engine out prior to attempting to land. Airport officials said the engine caught fire prior to the crash.