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Video: Plane nearly crashes in Colorado mountains

DENVER (KDVR) — A plane in flight on July 4 appeared to be inches from tragedy near the Continental Divide.

The pilot appeared to be trying to clear a pass in Grand County, but the plane couldn't maintain enough altitude and appeared to be about to stall. A group of hikers filmed the pilot making a last-minute maneuver to save the day.


A group of hikers filmed a Cessna pilot who appeared to be attempting to cross a pass in Grand County, but was unable to maintain enough altitude to do so. (Submitted)

As the video begins, the plane hurtles toward a snowfield. The pilot of the small Cessna appears to stop just in time as the belly of the plane nearly grazes the ground.

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

FlightAware data shows the plane departed Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Texas, headed toward Granby. Just before the near-crash, the plane had slowed to 47 miles per hour at nearly 12,000 feet above sea level.

Altitude may be to blame. Experts say engines like this Cessna's cannot produce their full power at high altitudes.

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

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