Metro Atlanta couple dies in Colorado plane crash

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — Two people and a dog from metro Atlanta were killed when the single-engine propeller plane they were in struck an electrical line and crashed south of Denver, sparking a small brush fire.

The plane went down in a large open space south of Centennial Airport in Douglas County on Wednesday afternoon, The Denver Gazette reported. Kim Spuhler, a spokeswoman for South Metro Fire Rescue, said investigators are trying to determine where the plane took off.

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The Douglas County Coroner’s Office in Colorado identified the victims as 65-year-old Kathleen Velazco, and 73-year-old Antenor Velazco, according to KMGH-TV. Both are from Jonesboro.

Fire crews and sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene after multiple reports of a black column of smoke. They were able to get the brush fire under control with the help of helicopter airdrops.

“A fire is always a concern, especially with jet fuel, but luckily it didn’t catch and we were able to contain it,” Spuhler said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, which involved a Lancair Evolution plane.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report