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Aspen plane crash: Failed landing attempt in Aspen ends in fatal plane crash

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The Aspen plane crash on Sunday took the life of 54-year-old Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata. The two other people in the plane, a 1994 Canadair Challenger twin-engine business jet, survived the crash in Aspen with “moderate to severe” traumatic injuries, reported Fox31 Denver on Jan. 5, 2014.

A spokeswoman for Aspen Valley Hospital said that one plane crash victim was in fair condition while the other victim was listed as critical. According to Alex Burchetta, a sheriff’s office spokesman, the injuries were "traumatic in nature, but they were not thermal." Despite the fiery crash, the fire apparently never reached inside the cabin.

The Aspen plane crash occurred about 12:23 p.m. on Sunday during reportedly gusty winds at the western Colorado’s airport. The flight of the 1994 Canadair Challenger twin-engine business jet with the three pilots on board had originated in Mexico, stopped in Tucson, Ariz., and then headed to Aspen.

During a first landing attempt, the pilot of the twin-engine jet reported high winds. “Missed approach, N115WF. 33 knots of tail wind.”

During its second landing attempt, “the aircraft flipped over on impact and became fully engulfed in flames,” reported police.

Following the Aspen plane crash, the airport was closed and an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is expected. Aspen, which is about 100 miles southwest of Denver, has an elevation just below 8,000 feet (2,400 m) and is surrounded by mountains – making landing a challenging experience.

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