LONGMONT— Two people are dead after two small airplanes collided over the southeast side of town just before noon Friday, sending one plane spiraling to the ground, while the other clipped a power line and crashed near the airport west of town.
    A Cessna 172 crashed near County Line Road and Great Western Drive in southeast Longmont. A flight instructor and student aboard that plane were both killed, according to Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur. He confirmed that both were males, but did not release their names, ages or any other information.
   The other plane, a Cessna 180, crashed near the city's services building, just west of Airport Road near St. Vrain Road.
   Chris Rodriguez, a member of the Longmont Airport Advisory Board, said Bev Cameron, an Erie flight instructor, was the only person in that plane. She was treated at Longmont United Hospital after her plane went down, according to police.
   A flight school assistant with Vector Air at the Erie Airport, who would not give his name, also said he believes Cameron was the pilot.
   Cameron, an Erie flight examiner, was treated at LUH and released, police said.
   A witness said he believes the two planes clipped one another southeast of town, causing one plane to lose a wing and go down immediately.
    Kim Johnson, a pilot who had been cycling along County Line Road, said he looked up when he heard a plane "throttle up" in the sky above him.
Longmont Police continue to investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash Friday, March 23, 2012. Both the pilot and passenger are confirmed dead.(Matthew
Longmont Police continue to investigate the scene of a fatal plane crash Friday, March 23, 2012. Both the pilot and passenger are confirmed dead. (Matthew Jonas/Times-Call) (Matthew Jonas)

   "I just got done putting my bike up when I heard the crash. I looked up and saw the plane spiraling down," he told the Times-Call.
    That plane was missing part of a wing, Johnson said. "When you see a plane spiraling, it doesn't have a chance."
    The second plane, which was westbound, appeared to be missing one of its wheels.
    Johnson said he approached a police officer parked in the Walmart parking lot, knocked on his window and told him about the crash.
    Johnson said he believes that one of the pilots chose to "throttle up," likely to avoid the collision.
A single-engine plane rests at the Public Works Garage along Airport Road, where it crashed just before noon Friday, March 23.
A single-engine plane rests at the Public Works Garage along Airport Road, where it crashed just before noon Friday, March 23. (Lewis Geyer/Longmont Times-Call)

   Johnson, who has flown in and out Vance Brand Airport for 16 years, said the area is frequently used to practice stalling.
   About two miles west of that crash site, Longmont resident Sheri Collard was driving north on Main Street, approaching Ken Pratt Boulevard, when she saw a plane fly low overhead, heading west.
   “It was extremely low for the section of town it was in. I knew it wasn't right,” she said. “It was pretty low, maybe 100 feet. It was extremely low. ... I thought, that's not right. It was at slow speed and seemed unstable.”  
    That happened at about 11:45 a.m., she said.
    Collard said she was heading toward the Walmart on Colo.
An engine lies near the plane that crashed near the City of Longmont Public Works Garage along Airport Road, near the entrance to Vance Brand Municipal
An engine lies near the plane that crashed near the City of Longmont Public Works Garage along Airport Road, near the entrance to Vance Brand Municipal Airport. (Lewis Geyer/Longmont Times-Call)
Highway 119 at County Line Road. There, she saw three fire engines responding with sirens, but did not know what had happened on that side of town. “When you see three engines, you know it's something big.” She did not know there had been a second plane crash.
     The second plane, a single prop, came down at 11:48 a.m. just northeast of the airport, according to officials on scene near the main entrance of Vance Brand Airport.
   Longmont Police Cmdr. Tim Lewis said Cameron's plane was approaching the airport from the east when it clipped a power line at Airport Road and crashed and rolled several times before coming to a stop.
  National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on the scenes, and authorities are waiting for FAA investigators to arrive. Representatives of the Cessna 172's manufacturer are expected to be in town Saturday to inspect that plane.
   Longmont Power & Communications equipment was struck by the plane that came down near the airport, spokeswoman Deborah Cameron said. She said 132 customers lost power in the area near the airport, but there is no word on when power is expected to be restored.
   A stretch of County Line Road south of Great Western Drive will be closed until sometime Saturday.