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1 dead, 2 injured in Aspen plane crash

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A private plane crash in Aspen, Colorado has left one person dead and two others injured, one with serious injury reported The Denver Post on January 5, 2014.

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The twin-engine Canadair CL-600 burst into flames upon crashing at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Sunday.

The plane had departed from Mexico and had a brief stop in Tucson, Arizona before the crash landing occurred at 12:22 p.m. local time said FAA spokesman Allen Kensitzer.

"It crashed while attempting to land," said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

According to FAA records the plane was registered to the Bank of Utah in Salt Lake City.

All three men onboard are Mexican Nationals.

The deceased has been identified as Sergio Carranza Brabata of Mexico by Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Names of the other passengers have not been released.

"The injuries were traumatic in nature, but they were not thermal," he said. "So the fire never reached inside the cabin as far as we can tell."

Two celebrities witnessed the crash.

Comedian Kevin Nealon witnessed the crash, tweeting, the plane "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet."

"So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport," singer LeAnn Rimes tweeted.

The Aspen airport is closed until further notice.


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