Skydiving plane makes emergency landing in El Paso County


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. | Authorities say all 13 passengers aboard a skydiving plane that caught fire were able to parachute to safety as the aircraft made an emergency landing at the Colorado Springs East Airport.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says the plane had just taken off from the airport when its engine caught fire Sunday afternoon. The pilot had made a successful landing on the airport’s runway by the time emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

The passengers, who were all clients of the Out of the Blue Skydiving company, were able to parachute form the plane and were picked up by company personnel. No injuries were reported.

Officials believe the fire may have started after a bird got into the engine.

The incident remains under investigation.