Plane Crashed Next to Flight School Sign!

Ah, the irony: a pilot practicing take-offs and landing crashed into a tree at the Meadowland Airport in El Paso County, Colorado, next to a Flight School sign! (The pilot survived with just cuts and bruises)

It's true - or so says Snopes.

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Nice try, not real, know the facts, I know the owners of the school. This wasn't a real accident, Aircraft was placed there as a prop to advertise the flight school.
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Too funny: that's the road I take to work - Judge Orr Road right before it intersects Hwy. 24. The parking lot that sign is pointing to is where I typically stop to put on chains when the weather's nasty. That particular night it was blocked off, tons of flashing lights, about what you'd expect. Couldn't see anything, was still blocked off the next morning. Didn't find out what happened until I got home and looked it up on The Tubes.

Can't say it came as a huge surprise. Planes regularly fly within a few feet of those power lines and trees on approach and the winds around here can be fierce. When I found out what happened I immediately assumed the guy had caught an ugly tailwind on approach and just lost his lift. Glad he made it relatively unscathed anyhow.

For what it's worth, plans are in place to move the runway 500' to the south and extend it by 1000'. Plans made prior to the crash, incidentally.

Thanks for the pic! Gives a much better idea of what happened than the stumpified tree that was all that was left by the time they reopened the road.
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