A single engine, six-seat plane with three people aboard made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon in east Colorado Springs, hitting a guardrail before coming to rest near the Constitution Avenue bridge over Sand Creek.
One of the passengers was taken to a hospital for observation after the Cessna 210’s crash-landing just before 1 p.m. east of North Powers Boulevard, said police spokesman Lt. Howard Black.
The pilot and the other passenger were not hurt in the hard landing.
“It’s very fortunate to report no serious injuries,” he added.
About 25 gallons of fuel leaked from one of the plane’s wings, Black said, and firefighters kept the flammable liquid from reaching the rivulet of water in the creek bed below the bridge.
The plane narrowly missed a Sonic Drive-In along Constitution Avenue, as well as other restaurants, shops and houses in the heavily built up Powers corridor. To the west is a Lowes Home Improvement center and to the east is a residential neighborhood. The plane put down in the brushy field along the creek separating the houses and the shopping centers.
A crowd of gawkers gathered to take pictures of the battered Cessna and firefighters afterward.
A Colorado Springs Airport spokeswoman had no information about where the plane took off from or where its destination.
It’s unknown if the pilot was aware of an emergency or issued a Mayday distress call before crash-landing.
The plane, built in 1979, is registered to Elite Aviation in Longmont, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the cause of the crash.
The crash closed down Constitution Avenue from Tutt Boulevard for several hours, police said.
First flown in 1957, the Cessna 210 Centurion is highly esteemed for its speed and fluidity in the air, according to aviation websites, despite being out of production since 1986.