Plane Crash in Aspen: 2 Killed
The National Transportation Safety Board is wrapping up its field investigation into the fatal crash of a private jet in Aspen, Colo. The goal is to conclude the investigation this week. Meanwhile, the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport has finally returned to normal after being shut down for three days.
According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, the co-pilot was killed and two other people, both of whom were described as pilots, were seriously injured when their 1994 Canadair Challenger CL-600 twin-engine business jet crashed as it made its second attempt to land at the airport in Aspen, Colo. The plane went off the side of the runway, flipped over and caught fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the air, which could be seen all over Aspen.
The Sheriff’s Office identified the co-pilot who was killed in the crash as Sergio Carranza Brabata, 54, a Mexican native. The other two aboard the plane were also Mexican natives, although they weren’t identified beyond that, except to say that all three were pilots. One was listed in fair condition and the other in critical condition. Both were reported to have been transferred to other facilities for treatment.
While the details of the crash remain under investigation, police claim they had no indication there was anything wrong with the plain. The pilots had reported high winds during its final approach, according to recordings of the air traffic control radio transmission. “Missed approach, N115WF. 33 knots of tail wind,” the pilot could be heard saying just before the crash. The nature of the injuries to the men were described as “traumatic” but not “thermal,” suggesting that the fire did not make it to the cabin. The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is located about 160 miles southwest of Denver.
Because of the Rocky Mountain terrain and the potential for high winds, many pilots consider landing at the airport difficult. A private jet crash at that airport in 2001 killed all 18 onboard. Many seem to be assuming the cause of this plane crash was high winds or pilot error, but the NTSB will determine the exact cause, which could include inadequate or faulty maintenance or a mechanical defect with the plane itself.
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