All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, according to a spokesman for the National Transportation Board.
NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said that the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50am Sunday (local time).
Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.
Erie Police Commander Lee Mathis says the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off.
A photo of the crash site posted on the Boulder Daily Camera's website showed the mangled wreckage of the plane, which crashed into a grassy field.
The NTSB is investigating the crash. Erie is about 32 kilometres north of Denver.