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Co-pilot dies in fiery crash of private jet at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

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January 5, 2014, 7:24 pm

One pilot died and two other were injured Sunday in a fiery crash of a private jet that was landing at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.

pitkin county sheriff's car“The aircraft was fully engulfed in flames and had flipped over after impact,” according to a press release from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. The crash occurred at about 12:23 p.m.

Co-pilot Emilio Carranza Brabata, 54, was declared dead at the scene.

Miguel Henriqez and Moises Carranza were both transported via air to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for treatment. All three men were pilots, and officials said two were flying the plane and one was a passenger.

The two survivors’ injuries are being described as moderate to severe and traumatic, although “not thought to be thermal in nature.”

Fire officials and emergency responders were able to quickly put out the flames from the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials arrived on the scene at about 9:30 p.m. and were investigating the crash.

The wreckage of the jet, a Bombardier Challenger 600, was still on the Owl Creek side of the runway Sunday evening, and the airport remained closed to incoming and outgoing flights.

Officials advised travelers to check on their flight availability before heading to the airport tonight or Monday. Updates regarding flight schedules and alternate transportation plans will be posted on www.aspenairport.com.

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