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Video: Plane almost crashes in the mountains of Colorado
Video: Plane almost crashes in the mountains of Colorado

DENVER (KDVR) — On July 4, a plane flying near the Continental Divide came just inches from tragedy.

The pilot was apparently attempting to get over a pass in Grand County, but the plane appeared to be unable to maintain sufficient altitude and was in danger of stalling. A group of hikers filmed the pilot making a last-minute maneuver to save the situation.


A Cessna nose down in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado
A group of hikers filmed a Cessna pilot apparently attempting to cross a pass in Grand County but unable to maintain enough altitude to make it. (submitted)

At the beginning of the video, the plane is heading straight for a snowfield. The pilot of the small Cessna appears to pull up just in time as the belly of the plane almost touches the ground.

The man who posted the video said the plane entered the valley near Devil’s Thumb and struggled to gain enough altitude and speed to clear the saddle between the two peaks.

Data from FlightAware shows that the plane departed Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, bound for Granby. Shortly before the near-crash, the plane had reduced its speed to 47 miles per hour at just under 12,000 feet above sea level.

Altitude may have been the problem. Experts say engines like the one in this Cessna cannot deliver full power at higher altitudes.

FlightAware shows that the plane was able to cross another pass and land safely in Granby.

By Everly