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January 5, 2014
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One dead, two injured in private jet crash at Aspen airport

One person was killed and two were injured when a private plane crashed at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Sunday afternoon, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed.

The accident happened sometime after 12:30 p.m. The airport was closed as emergency crews responded to the scene. The aircraft was a private jet, Undersheriff Ron Ryan confirmed.

A statement from the Sheriff’s Office said there was one fatality, while one person was severely injured and another person sustained minor injuries. Three people were aboard the plane.

The plane was a Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet. It departed Tucson, Ariz., at 10:04 a.m., according to published reports. After it came to a rest upside down on the Aspen runway, a fire erupted, witnesses at the scene said.

Comedian Kevin Nealon, who was at the airport, tweeted: “Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet.”

This story will be updated.

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