Saturday, September 17, 2022

Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N3713T: Accident occurred September 14, 2022 in Broomfield, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft failed to develop power and made an emergency landing in a pond.  

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Date: 14-SEP-22
Time: 17:40:00Z
Regis#: N3713T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries
Pax: 1 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

BROOMFIELD, Colorado (KDVR) — Two people walked away after the small plane they were flying in crashed into a pond in a Broomfield subdivision just before noon Wednesday.

North Metro Fire responded to the incident in the Anthem Ranch neighborhood and said the two occupants of the plane “miraculously” got out safely.

Both people were evaluated by medical personnel but neither needed to be taken to the hospital.

Broomfield Police Public Information Officer Rachel Haslett said the Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow plane departed Erie Airport en route to Greeley when the pilot realized something was wrong shortly after takeoff.

It is believed to have been a problem with the power, Haslett said, but the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident to determine the cause of the crash.

The pilot decided to take the plane down in the water to avoid as much damage as possible, Haslett said. The plane clipped a tree on the way down, flipped in the water which popped the doors open and both the pilot and passenger got out safely.

Haslett said the biggest issue from the crash is the cleanup since the pilot had just filled the plane up and approximately 50 gallons of fuel spilled into the pond. She said there is no surrounding environmental threat since it is a closed body of water. However, there are fish in the pond so environmental services are working on the cleanup to reduce the impact of the spill.

“It was an interesting day for sure for those that were playing pickleball when you see a plane go down in the pond right next to you,” Haslett said.

The crash occurred at a retention pond near the Aspen Lodge tennis/pickleball courts and the NTSB will remove the plane after the investigation.


  1. An Arrow 180 is challenged performance wise on a warm day at sea level. Even properly leaned for the density altitude in the Denver area, and departing in the coolest part of the day, you had better be on top of your game in a 180. East coast low landers? Glad they are okay.

  2. Departing to the south from Erie can be a bit scary on a hot day because the terrain is rising in front of you - and it's a residential neighborhood. I used to fly a 200hp arrow and made that departure several times and it was mildly concerning occasionally. Never did full fuel in that plane on that departure, though. It has big tanks so I always just filled to the tabs unless doing a long cross country departing from a long runway (not Erie).