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Aspen jet crash kills co-pilot, celebrity eyewitness tweets

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Aspen jet crash kills co-pilot, celebrity eyewitness tweets

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jan 5, 2014

A Bombardier Challenger 600 arriving from Tucson, Ariz., crashed Sunday at 12:22 p.m. (MST) at the Aspen, Colo., airport. The twin-engine jet reported winds interfering with landing before crashing, killing co-pilot Sergio Carranza Brabata, 54. Two passengers suffered "moderate to severe injuries."

According to the Huffington Post, "The plane went off the right side of the runway, flipped over, and burst into flames."

"'Missed approach, N115WF. 33 knots of tail wind,' the pilot is heard saying a few minutes before the crash," reports CNN. "The Aspen airport is known as a challenging place for pilots to land because of the mountains that surround the runway. The airport tarmac is often filled with private planes owned or chartered by the wealthy and famous who own vacation homes in the mountain resort community."

Singer LeAnn Rimes tweeted, "So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport." While comedian Kevin Nealon considered changing his flight plans, tweeting "Airport is closed now. I think I'll drive back to LA after seeing that."

Although the investigation is still ongoing, Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says, "Right now, we have no indication that there was anything wrong prior to landing."


Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.