Wake-Up Call: Welcome to Denver. Ignore the wreck on your right

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Flying back into Denver Sunday, I looked for the wreckage of the Continental Airlines flight that had veered off a runway, careened down a hill and landed in a ravine, where it caught fire. That was back on December 20 -- and the plane is still there, clearly visible to passengers as some flights come in for landing.

Although some might consider the wreckage a good advertisement for DIA's efficient emergency response, since no one died in the incident (although 38 were injuried), that hardly balances out the extreme sense of unease the sight gives most fliers. So what gives?

Turns out the National Transportation Safety Board was still finishing up its on-site investigation, but yesterday officials said their work has gone far enough that the plane can soon be moved, perhaps as early as January 1.

Our next question: When will we learn the identity of the pilot of that plane?

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.