2 Dead After Plane Crash At Elbert County Airpark

ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two people are dead after a small plane crashed in rural Elbert County east of Parker Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened at the Rocky Mountain Airpark located at Smoky Hill Ranches. Witness Kelly Martyniak said the plane corkscrewed to the ground.

“There was no way he was going to pull it out … and the speed in which he was corkscrewing, I thought, ‘There’s no way,'” Martyniak said.

Martyniak said there was no smoke of flames coming from the plane. She said at times she’s seen planes doing tricks but didn’t think this plane was performing tricks.

On Sunday CBS4 learned then name of one of the occupants. He’s been identified as Pete Vinton, who was the developer of the landing strip.

Some area residents have made objections to the airpark saying there have been too many crashes.
space 2 Dead After Plane Crash At Elbert County Airpark

  • jimmy simpson

    “Some area residents have made objections to the airpark saying there have been too many crashes”

    We all know that these evil pilots build these airparks so they can have a place to crash. Stupid writer and stupid people, whoever said this.

    • Ashley Stone

      Apparently you do not know very much about this area. This “airpark” and landing strip is built in the middle of a neighborhood. The extra space they have “in case something goes wrong” is less than 50 feet from two seperate driveways. There have been many accidents since it has been bulit and a few narrowly missing the houses near-by. The residents have taken the matter to the courts to ensure the saftely of the residents living in the area, no one wants to feel like their house could have a plane come crasing through any minute. Please do a little research the next time you try to criticize something you know very little about.

      • Kurt Malerich

        Apparently you dont know anything about this neighborhood either. The property the airpark is on was homesteaded by the founder of the airpark’s grandparents. They have lived there longer than anyone else in this area, since before Colorado was a state. The houses were built up around the airpark. If you dont want to live next to an airport DONT build your house next to one. This has been an active FAA certified airport since the 1940s and was called Everett Airport.

      • Bill Jackson

        The air port was there LONG before the neighborhood. Do your research you say??? How about you do your research.

  • Roy

    I object to roads and highways. There are too many crashes there too. Idiots!

  • Nate Duehr

    I guarantee if there were “only 50 feet” I never would have landed there. The runway is adequately long for normal aircraft operations and is centered in a community of aviator’s houses on many acres. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAqmW6z888A

  • Personal Responsibility

    It’s reasonable for a person to dislike airplanes and to dislike the idea of them operating in close proximity to one’s property or family. The air park was there long before rural neighborhoods were established in the area. Therefore, if one is concerned that having life or property near the air park is dangerous or undesirable, one should do the responsible adult thing and move their property and family from what they perceive to be ‘harms way’. Demanding that others give up their rights to accommodate their preferences is precisely what has placed our nation into the state it is in. It is a free country and there is plenty of open space away from airports where people can choose to live. Instead, people believe it is their right to insist that others give up theirs. We all need to grow up a bit.

    • Kurt Malerich


    • Rae

      Thank you for your great rationale. We will miss Pete dearly.

  • Airport supporter

    Did any of those airplane crashes hit any of the houses of the anti-airport people? If not, then they need to shut their pie holes.

  • CJ

    I fear the confounded, flying contraptions, must be voodoo keeping them aloft in the air. They are an abomination of the sky. They keep crashing on purpose just to get on my nerves. I must move near an existing airport so I too can complain. Tell people I told you so, I knew this would happen. So I can feel righteous. I wanna fly like an eagle into the future.

    In all seriousness, condolences to the family and friends of people who lost their lives.

  • Hope

    It’s not about the airport, it’s about 2 upstanding men of the community who lost their lives. Lets focus on the real issue.

  • Kurt Malerich

    The news should be about the accident and the persons involved, not about uneducated neighbors that dont like airplanes. Stapleton and DIA accidents have claimed hundreds of lives in the same time frame as this airport. There have been dozens of automobile deaths on Delbert Rd in the same time frame. Lets shut down DIA and Delbert Road too. Just because you dont understand airplanes or dislike them doesnt give you the right to close the facility. I dont like your smelly horses and llamas but Im not trying to get you evicted.

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