Amy Webb enjoyed her Friday night listening to music in her Parker house when the engine of an airplane crashed in a field in front of her home, driving through her living room wall.
The plane crash killed at least one man – pilot Robert D. Marquis, 67, from Glade Park, on the western slope
"The true tragedy is for the pilot's family," said Webb. "We only have one hole in our house, but the true sadness is for them."
Webb heard a strange noise over her music at 8:15 pm. Friday, and rejected the tunes to hear better.
"Then there was a big, loud bang and the back wall of my house blew in," said Webb.
Although Webb did not know what had happened, her first instinct was to bring her and her two daughters to the Stepping Stone subdivision, in case the structure of her home was not healthy. As she walked around to get a better look at what had just raced through her wall, she immediately knew she was looking at an engine, but had no idea what or how she got there.
Webb called 911 and did not know emergency workers were already looking for a missing plane.
"My call was the first call to say that there is this engine in my house and they are directing it to where that accident happened," Webb said.
Emergency workers swarmed Webb's house in minutes and put out the engine, which was hot and smoking.
"Then it was just everyone, the first responders, the whole night in and out," Webb said.
South Metro Fire Rescue and other first responders initially combed the field behind Webb's house for possible survivors, but around 9 pm it was determined that the "high-speed crash" of the accident killed everyone aboard.
Details of what caused the crash were not available on Saturday afternoon. A report is expected to be published later this week.
When the authorities were ready to remove the engine block from Webb's house, their children jumped on a trampoline in their backyard. Neighbors' children blew bladders in their backyard, and curious onlookers went on to take pictures of the visible, level part sticking out of a suburban home. The police were still examining the locked field on which the plane had crashed.
The aircraft was a Sr22 Cirrus, which is described on its website as a single-engine, four or five -seat propeller aircraft with a parachute system.
According to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor, the plane left Centennial Airport around 20:15.
Shortly after leaving, Marquis said he wanted to return to the airport. Marquis did not say why he wanted to return, Gregor said.
The plane crashed in a field near 11067 Pastel Point.
Gregor said he did not know how many people were aboard the plane] There were no reports of injuries to people on the ground.
The FAA and the National Road Safety Commission are investigating, Gregor said.
Update – Airplane is a Sr22 Cirrus, unknown number of passengers on board. Large debris field in open space, firefighters scour the area for survivors. No injuries to residents, large pieces of debris permeated an occupied house. Updates follow. pic.twitter.com/UYZGppie1J
– SouthMetroFireRescue (@SouthMetroPIO) May 12, 2018
The neighborhood was full of authorities and worried residents who came outside to the tumult to see on the fog Friday night.
40-year-old Isaiah Bellais, who lives in the Stepping Stone neighborhood, said he and his wife had just put their children to bed when they saw the crash from a bedroom window. Bellais said they heard a blow and saw a cloud of dust and smoke in the field west of their house.
"I'm going out there," Bellais told his wife.
She first tried to talk to him because it was too dark. But Bellais said he ran several hundred yards behind his house toward the crash site and spotted a wing that had been torn from the plane.
"I called 911," Bellais said.
Bellais looked around the area and found seats that had been on the plane.
"Then I saw body parts," he said.
Bellais said it seemed like there was only one body in the field.
More than an hour after The crash, Bellais was shocked by the incident: "I'm still scared … I was scared to be the first person in a traffic accident, whether it was a traffic accident Plane crash is acting. "