An Aspen plan crash has left a co-pilot dead and two others injured, according to a Jan. 5 New York Times report. The private plane crashed during landing around 12.45 p.m. local time near the runway at Aspen-Pitkin County in Colorado on Sunday, said Alex Burchetta, director of operations at the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
54-year-old co-pilot Sergio Carranza Brabata lost his life in the crash, and the two survivors suffered injuries, and are being treated at local hospitals. One suffered serious injuries.
According to ABC News, Brabata and the two survivors were the only ones aboard the plane, according to Thomas Wright, a dispatcher with the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office. Federal Aviator Administration spokesman said the plan appeared to be a Bombardier Challenger 600, a midsized private jet, and was headed from Tucson, Ariz., and crashed upon landing.
Celebrity witnesses, including country music singer LeAnn Rimes Cibrian and comedian Kevin Nealon took to Twitter to talk about the tragic crash, ABC News reports.
Rimes Cibrian tweeted, “So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport.” Nealon first tweeted, “Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet,” adding later, “Airport is closed now. I think I'll drive back to LA after seeing that.”
According to the New York Times, the FAA would not release the identification number of the plane until the victims’ relatives were notified.