FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – A preliminary report says a pilot who died in a Colorado plane crash was trying to glide to a runway after his plane caught fire. Thomas Lawson, 69, of Golden, died when the Beech 60 airplane landed a half-mile (1 kilometer) north of Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland on May 15.

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The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says the blades of the airplane’s right propeller were in a feathered position, or turned to reduce drag and increase glide distance.

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The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the pilot of another aircraft reported the plane was on fire.

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The plane took off from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield. The impact and fire nearly completely destroyed the plane.

Lawson was the only person on board.

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