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Plane nearly hits boat on reservoir before crashing

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Stamos.?Two people received minor injuries following a single-engine Cessna 172 crash west of Fort Collins, Colorado on Sept. 11. Photos of the plane near Horsetooth Reservoir prior to the crash show the plane getting dangerously close to boats on the reservoir. A post on the Larimer County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page on Monday asked for anyone with photos and/or video of the plane before, during, or after the crash to send them to a website they developed for evidence. Stephanie Stamos of Stamos Fine Art Photography was on Horsetooth Reservoir preparing to take a high school portrait for her client when she saw the plane. "I looked out over the water and there was this plane that was really erratic," Stamos said in an interview with GlobalAir.com. "I thought he's going to crash. So, I took out my camera." Stamos snapped a series of photos. "It looked like two teenagers who took their dad's plane out," Stamos said. At one point, Stamos could see the wheels of the plane getting close to boats out on the water. She said she knew the plane was coming dangerously close, but it wasn't until she looked at the pictures that she realized just how close the plane got to the boat. Stamos uses two different cameras in her work and one had a strong zoom lens that produced clear shots of the plane. Eventually, the plane flew off and Stamos got back to her job at hand. According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office's Facebook post, "on September 11, 2022, at about 7:00 p.m., LCSO received reports of a small plane that crashed west of Horsetooth Reservoir in the area of Sawmill Trail. Deputies, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources rangers, and Poudre Fire Authority responded." When the responders arrived at the scene around 7:16 p.m. they found the two adult occupants were out of the plane and appeared to only have minor injuries. The victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.According to the FAA accident incident report, the two people on board were the pilot and a passenger. The plane, registered to THUNDERBIRD AVIATION LLC out of Littleton, Colorado, suffered substantial damage, according to the FAA report. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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