Aspen Airport: Plane Crash at Colorado Airport Leaves 1 Dead, 2 Injured (+Video)

January 5, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A plane crashed at the Aspen Airport, also known as the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, on Sunday afternoon.

“Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport,” said witness Kevin Nealon via Twitter. “Exploded into flames as it was landing.”

Three people were aboard the plane, Thomas Wright, a dispatcher with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, told AP. One person died, one was injured severely, and the other suffered non-serious injuries.

The injured were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital.

Nealon said fire trucks and ambulances were on the scene within minutes. The airport is now closed.

Photos and video from the scene show a fire truck spraying down the wreckage, and smoke billowing from the plane.

(Video: Courtesy of Craig Lucie from WSB-TV)

Nico Salvatore Enea, who is also at the airport, inside of another plane, said via Twitter that his pilot told them that there are “100 percent fatalities.”

“Pilot says regional, most likely foreign, [but] cannot even get tail number from wreckage,” he said. “Definitely wing engine explosion where fuel is kept.”

“High winds, bad angle,” he added, referring to the crash, which happened upon landing.

The plane was a 1994 Canadair Challenger twin-engine business jet that came from Tuscon International Airport in Arizona, according to flight data. It departed at about 10:04 a.m. MST.

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