Two planes collided in mid-flight near Denver: pilots were unharmed after making emergency landings.

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source: washingtonpost.com

The collision occurred between a Fairchild Metroliner twin-engine and a Cirrus SR22 single-engine.

According to Air Traffic Control Audio, the pilot of the plane that collided with another in mid-flight near Denver requested an emergency landing due to an engine malfunction, unaware that his plane had split in half. Miraculously, both planes crashed, and no one was injured.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and South Metro Fire Rescue, the planes were preparing to land at a small regional airport in a Denver suburb on Wednesday. 

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and South Metro Fire Rescue, when they collided.

The pilot requesting an emergency landing was aboard the only twin-engine Fairchild metro liner, which significantly damaged its tail section for landing at Sentinel Airport.

The aircraft is owned by Lime Air, a Colorado-based company that operates cargo aircraft.

It looks like the right engine failed, so I'm going to keep my landing here, "the pilot said in an audio clip with air traffic control.

The second plane, a 2016 Cirrus SR22 single-engine, was leased by Independence Aviation, the company said in a statement. Its pilot successfully deployed a fuselage parachute system designed by Cirrus Aircraft to slow the craft's descent after the collision.

The county deputy sheriff said the Cirrus plane had a pilot and a passenger on board when the pilot deployed a red and white parachute and left for a safe docking in a field near homes in Cherry Creek State Park. Arapahoe, from John Bartman.

Each of these pilots needs to buy a lottery ticket. "I don't remember anything like that, and it's amazing that no one is hurt," Bartman said.

June Cvelbar told the KUSA television channel that she witnessed the collision while walking through a state park. "I saw two planes in the sky. I saw a larger green plane, which I thought was a tow plane, along with what I thought was a glider towed by it. I heard a noise, but I did not realize that the two planes had collided, "he said in an email.

Cvelbar said he saw the green plane fly away and shortly after saw the smaller craft deploy its parachute. As he recounted, he initially thought it was a training exercise: "When I realized that the small plane was going down, I ran towards it. The pilot and his passenger were up and running".

Shelley Whitehead, meanwhile, told KNCTV she was in her kitchen when she heard a loud explosion and the sound of fireworks. He ran to his yard and saw the plane that had landed his parachute in the field behind his house.

I thought, 'Is this the person who just jumped off the plane? And then I realized that the parachute was attached to the plane. I thought for sure that he was not going to get out of there, he confessed.

Both Key Lime Air, a passenger and cargo charter company, and Independence Aviation, a flight school and aircraft rental company that owns the Cirrus aircraft, are based outside Centennial Airport, one of the airports in most active Colorado's general aviation.

The authorities did not reveal the identities of the people on the planes so far.

We are currently allowing the NTSB and the FAA to conduct their own investigations," said Derek Severns of the Pilot Training Center Citrus Platinum Training Center.

The National Transportation Safety Board noted on Twitter that it was sending staff to investigate. The company announced in a statement that Lime Air would co-operate in the investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that K-Lime Air planes have been involved in three fatal crashes.

In 2016, on a night flight from Panama City, Florida, to Albany, Georgia, a Key Lime Air Charter plane crashed after possibly crashing in Midair. The lone pilot on board tried to fly in severe weather near Camilla, Georgia.

In 2001, about 30 miles from Pagosa Springs in southern Colorado, a Key Lime Air plane crashed, killing all two people on board.

In 2000, two pilots aboard the Lime Air Piper were killed in a wreck near Kiowa, southeast of Denver, Colorado.