It was plenty weird enough when a plane crashed into a house in a suburban neighborhood in Northglenn yesterday. But even stranger is word that pilot Brian Veatch, who survived the incident (no one on the ground was hurt, either), once owned the house he struck. Veatch's Facebook lists him as a helicopter pilot with Airspeed Ag Air, but he also flies planes, as seen in this shot from the page.... ...and the succeeding image, which finds him posing alongside 9News personality Corey Rose: Back in May 2013, Rose interviewed Veatch as part of a 9News piece about new tech that's helping personnel attack fires from the air; the clip is on view below and identifies Veatch as a firefighter in addition to his other gig.
Also spotlighted on Veatch's Facebook page is this September 2013 snap, captioned, "Flying the Geico Banner over Mile High before the Broncos Game:"
Veatch was pulling a banner on Monday, too, while at the controls of a plane owned by a local firm called Drag'nFly Banners. But the message on it got far less attention than did the aircraft itself -- and where it came to rest. Continue for more about yesterday's plane crash in Northglenn, including more photos and two videos. As reported by 9News, the crash took place around 3:30 p.m. yesterday in a Northglenn neighborhood south of West 112th Avenue.
Veatch not only survived the crash, but he was reportedly trying to put out the blaze that resulted when members of the South Metro Fire Department arrived.
Presumably, they know Veatch, who is ID'd as an engineer with the department.
The only occupants of the house at the time of impact were two dogs and a lizard, all of which were safely rescued.
Also unharmed were people in the neighborhood, a number of whom actually saw the crash.
Afterward, 9News checked ownership records on the house and discovered that someone named Brian Veatch owned it from 2000 to 2003.
The station's initial reports stopped short of confirming that this particular Brian Veatch was once the home's owner. But 7News is now reporting that Veatch has confirmed this fact -- not that he realized it at the time. Only after someone asked him about it in the wake of the accident did he make the connection, he's quoted as saying.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
More from our News archive circa January 6: "Photos: LeeAnn Rimes, Kevin Nealon tweet from scene of fatal Aspen plane crash."