Faegre & Benson Partner Killed in Midair Collision

A Faegre & Benson partner piloting his Cirrus SR20 was among three people killed Saturday in a midair collision some 8,000 feet above Boulder, Colo.

Robert Matthews, 58, and his 56-year-old brother, Mark, were killed along with the pilot of the other small plane, a Piper Pawnee. But a pilot of the glider that the Pawnee was towing was hailed as a hero after cutting the tow line and navigating through the fireball from the collision to land safely with two passengers, according to media reports.

Channel 7 News, the Daily Camera, the Denver Business Journal and the Duluth News Tribune (reg. req.) provide various details about the accident.

“We’re all just incredibly stunned,” Faegre partner Neal Cohen tells the Daily Camera, describing Matthews, “your classic great guy,” as not only a colleague but a friend. “He was the center of gravity for his friends. He was devoted to his family.”

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