- Plane crashed on runway at airport in Aspen, Colorado, about 12.30pm (2.30 pm ET) today
- Mexican co-pilot, Sergio Carranza Brabata, 54, died
- Two other men, both pilots, were injured
- The private aircraft overturned and burst into flames, with plumes of black smoke seen from afar
- Singer Leann Rimes and former Saturday Night Live cast member Kevin Nealon among the people Tweeting their horror at witnessing the crash
A 54-year-old man was killed and two others injured when a private jet crashed and burst into flames as it landed in Aspen, Colorado today.
Co-pilot Sergio Carranza Brabata, from Mexico, died when the Canadair CL- 600 skidded down the right side of runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, flipped and exploded about 12.30pm.
The two injured men – a pilot and a passenger – are also reportedly Mexican.They were rushed to Aspen Valley Hospital, with one in a critical condition.
CBS reports the aircraft was registered to the Bank of Utah in Salt Lake City.
The aircraft was reportedly en route to the luxury ski resort town from Toluca, Mexico via Tuscon, Arizona.
The plane is said to have attempted a few approaches before crashing in a ball of fire.
Emergency crews rushed to extinguish the flames and are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
Witnesses tweeted photos of the charred jet as it rested upside-down on a snowy runway.
Country singer LeAnn Rimes was among those who saw the explosion.
She tweeted: ‘So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport.’
Comedian Kevin Nealon, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, also saw the accident and said he couldn’t imagine anyone surviving the wreck.
‘Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet,’ Nealon wrote.
‘Fire truck and ambulances were on the scene within minutes. I don’t believe there are any survivors.’
The airport has been closed.
Nico Salvatore Enea, who is also at the airport but inside another plane, said via Twitter that his pilot told them that there are ‘100 percent fatalities’.
‘Pilot says regional, most likely foreign, [but] cannot even get tail number from wreckage,’ he posted on his account.
‘Definitely wing engine explosion where fuel is kept.’
‘High winds, bad angle,’ he added, referring to the crash, which happened upon landing.
Source : Daily Mail