A fatal plane crash closed the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado on Sunday, killing the co-pilot and injuring two others aboard. The small private jet crashed as it was attempting to land in the Rocky Mountain resort town.
According to a statement from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, after impact with the runway, the aircraft was fully engulfed in flames and flipped over. First responders from the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Team were able to extinguish the fire in minutes, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Three men were aboard the plane, a 22-seat Bombardier Challenger 600, and all were pilots, the Sheriff’s Office said. A pilot and co-pilot were flying the plane and another pilot was a passenger. Co-pilot Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabeta, 54, of Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two pilots were initially taken to Aspen Valley Hospital before being transferred to another health-care facility, said hospital spokeswoman Ginny Dyche.
Dyche said she could not identify the two patients nor describe the nature of their injuries, except that one was in “fair” condition while the other was in “critical” condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the injuries were “moderate to severe” and were “not thought to be thermal in nature.”
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