Authorities: 2 planes collide in Colorado, 3 die

BOULDER, Colorado  — An airplane towing a glider andanother plane collided in Colorado, sending the two planes crashinginto the ground and killing at least three people Saturday, authoritiessaid.

One of the aircraft clipped the towline of the plane thatwas pulling the glider, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswomanLaura Brown said. The glider apparently disconnected and landed safelya short time later, according to the FAA.

An amateur video shot at the scene showed a plane tumbling to the ground trailing thick, black smoke and a parachute.

Onewitness, Christian Sterner, said he saw two big balls of flames,including one attached to a parachute that then fell slowly to theground.