dead, two injured in small plane crash at Aspen airport
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[January 06, 2014]
(Reuters) — One person died and two
others were injured when a small plane crashed at the Aspen/Pitkin
County Airport in Colorado on Sunday, the Pitkin County Sheriff's office
The Canadair Challenger 601 was arriving from Toluca, Mexico at
about 12:30 p.m. MT when it crashed, according to the Aviation
Safety Network website.
Of the two survivors aboard the private jet, one sustained serious
injuries while the other came away with minor injuries, according to
a sheriff's office dispatcher. None of those involved, including the
deceased, have been publicly identified.
Two celebrities witnessed the crash and documented it on Twitter.
"Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport," comedian Kevin Nealon
wrote in one of several Twitter messages sent from the scene.
"Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private
LeAnn Rimes, the country singer, also took to Twitter to describe
seeing what she also described as the "horrible" crash. "So sad!"
Located in the Rocky Mountains about 190 miles west of Denver, Aspen
is known for its ski resorts.
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The airport remained closed due to the crash on Sunday afternoon,
according to its website.
(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Brendan O'Brien in
Milwaukee; editing by Edith Honan and Meredith Mazzilli)
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