One dead, two injured, in horrifying plane crash at Aspen-Pitkin airport

Ceri Roberts

One person died and two were injured when a private jet crashed at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in western Colorado at 12.23pm on Sunday.

An FAA spokesperson told The Guardian: "The airplane appears to be a Bombardier Challenger 600, coming from Tucson to Aspen. It crashed while attempting to land."

The Aspen Times later confirmed that the co-pilot Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata, 54, was killed in the crash. The other two passengers, a pilot and another co-pilot, were both injured - one seriously. Their names have not yet been released, but all three passengers are believed to be Mexican.

The plane crash landed on the Aspen runway, and came to rest upside down before a fire started, which was, fortunately, extinguished within minutes.

Two celebrities witnessed the accident, and tweeted about their experiences. LeAnn Rimes Cibrian tweeted: "So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen the Aspen airport."

Comedian Kevin Nealon sent a series of tweets about the accident. One said: "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen Airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet."

Aspen is located in the Rocky Mountains about 100 miles southwest of Denver. It is a popular tourist destination, particularly among the rich and famous.

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