Pilot Crashed Into His Own House
A 52-year-old pilot, Brian Veatch, survived a plane crash on Monday. He crashed into a house positioned in Denver’s suburban area which was once owned by the above-mentioned pilot. According to the police statement and the one given by the single-engine plane pilot’s employer, it was only a coincidence.
Veatch lost power over his Piper PA-25 Pawnee crop-duster, while towing an advertising banner over a residential neighborhood in Northglenn. The two-story house at 11067 Livingston Drive caught fire immediately after the crash, and thanks to another coincidence of Veatch being a firefighter, and not being hurt, the fire was quickly minimized. Veatch used a garden hose a fire extinguisher. However, the impact did leave a large gaping hole in the back of the residence and also left the plane looking like it just hit the house. Although Veatch hasn’t been injured he was taken to a hospital for precautious observations.
Luckily, owners weren’t home at the time of accident, and their two dogs, left inside, survived the crash, according spokesman Sergeant Ron Haralson. Haralson added that the crash appeared to be a “one-in-a-million” case of serendipity and so far, police evidence didn’t show any abnormalities that would lead them to think otherwise. House is currently owned by Matthew Richardson and Jennifer Monroe, and there is no connection between them and Veatch, police records show.
According to property records from the Adams county assessor’s office, Veatch owns a home just a mile away from the crash site, and the one that he accidentally crashed into was owned by him from the fall of 2000 until the May 2003, when he sold it.
Veatch’s employer at the aerial banner company Drag ’n’ Fly Banners, Tom Mace, said his employee’s previous ownership of the house was “absolutely coincidental,” and that Veatch told him he had not been aware it was his former home at the time of the crash.
Owners of the house, Richardson and Monroe, stood across the street from their home with other onlookers, day after the accident, as numerous reporters spoke to Mace, but the pair refused to talk to the media.
According to Mace, Veatch returned to his firefighting job on Tuesday. He had been contracted by Drag ‘n’ Fly Banners to tow a Geico insurance banner over Coors Field, home stadium of the Colorado Rockies, during a game against the Texas Rangers on Monday.