One dead, two injured after private jet crash at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
Ryan Summerlin January 30, 2014
One person is dead and two are injured as the result of an aircraft that crashed at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport some time before 1 p.m. today, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed.
The airport is closed as emergency crews respond to the scene. The aircraft was a private jet, Undersheriff Ron Ryan confirmed.
In a statement issued at 1:56 p.m., one person was severly injured and another one sustained minor injuries. Three people were onboard the plane.
The plane was a Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet, and departed Tucson, Ariz., at 10:04 a.m., according to published reports. After it came to a rest upside down on the Aspen runway, a fire erupted, witnesses at the scene said.
Comedian Kevin Nealon, who was at the airport, tweeted: “Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet.”
This story will be updated.
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