One person died and two others suffered injuries after a private plane landing at an Aspen airport "exploded into flames," according to witnesses.
The Denver Post reports a twin-engine business Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger crashed while attempting to land on the runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport around 12:45 p.m. local time Sunday. Per the Aspen Times, Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed at least one person died in the crash; two others were injured, one severely. The victims have not yet been identified. The Post says the plane is registered to the Bank of Utah. Emergency crews raced to the scene.
Pictures of the plane after the fire was extinguished are terrifying. It's a wonder anyone survived:
Weirdly, many found out about the crash on Twitter from an unlikely pair of celebrities: Kevin Nealon and Leann Rimes. Aspen is a popular getaway for the rich and famous during the holiday season, and the former Saturday Night Live cast member and country singer were both at the airport."So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport," she tweeted. "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport,” he said. “Exploded into flames as it was landing.”
The crash capped off a horrible weekend in aviation. As if the seemingly endless number of snowstorms over the holidays didn't make travelling enough of a headache, a plane had to make an emergency landing in New York City on Saturday after abruptly losing power. (The pilot of that flight may or may not have been busted for cheating on his wife as a result.) Earlier Sunday, a plane at JFK slid off a runway due to icy conditions, shutting down the airport for hours.