Groups respond to CO crash

Five people died Friday night after two small planes collided over a residential neighborhood.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | DENVER, Colo. | January 25, 2003

Five people died Friday night after two small planes collided over a residential neighborhood in northwestern Denver, Colo.

All occupants of both planes were killed, and seven people on the ground were injured after one of the planes, a single engine Cessna, crashed into a home at 3421 Moncrief St.

The impact ruptured and ignited a natural gas line in the house, said a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department. A family was inside the house when the plane hit, but managed to escape before the explosion.

The Cessna narrowly missed a senior citizen's home before striking the house on Moncrief St..

The other plane involved, a twin-engine Piper Cheyenne II, crashed without causing damage or injury on the ground.

The pilot of the Cessna, Jonathan Ross Ladd, was a survivor of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre.

The National Transportation and Safety Board is investigating the crash.

According to NTSB spokesperson Lauren Peduzzi, one of the planes received " a warning of traffic" a few minutes before the collision. Peduzzi said it was not yet known which of the two planes received the warning or how specific the warning was.

The Salvation Army dispatched two mobile canteens to the crash scenes, and provided meals for emergency workers and residents throughout the weekend.

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