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Aspen plane crash: One dead, two injured in explosive crash

A private plane crashed and exploded at Aspen-Pitken County airport on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, killing one person and injuring two others according to the Denver Post. There were no other passengers aboard the plane.

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Spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration Allen Kenitzer, said the plane appeared to be a Bombardier Challenger 600. The plane is registered to the Bank of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Passengers aboard other planes witnessed the tragedy and shared the news on Twitter. Actor and comedian Kevin Nealon and singer LeAnn Rimes Cibrian were among the witnesses.

@kevin_nealon "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet."

@kevin_nealon "Firetrucks and other emergency vehicles still at scene. No word on survivors or who was on the jet but I can't imagine there are survivors."

@leannrimes "So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw at the Aspen airport."

The airport closed following the crash and remained closed as of late Sunday afternoon. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were being sent to the scene.