Report Confirms Gusty Winds At Time Of Aspen Crash

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A preliminary report says the plane that crashed in Aspen was trying to land in winds more than twice the recommended speed.

An aviation accident litigation specialist interviewed by the Aspen Daily News after the crash, Marc Moller, said the recommended maximum tail wind for such jets is 10 knots. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on the day of the Jan. 5 crash, winds were 19 knots with gusts up to 25 knots.

Co-pilot Sergio Carranza-Brabata, 54, died in the crash, while two others on board, also pilots, were injured. The three were all from Mexico, and were flying to Aspen to pick up family and friends.

One of the survivors was released from the hospital earlier this week, while the other survivor remains in serious condition, an upgrade from the critical condition he was in when he first arrived at the hospital.

The plane was making its second landing when investigators say it briefly touched down on the runway before bouncing up and then crashing.