One Dead, Two Injured In Plane Crash

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One person is dead and two others are injured after a small plane crashed in Aspen.

Co-pilot Sergio Carranza-Brabata, 54, of Mexico, died in the crash.

The other two victims, also pilots, have been identified as Miguel Henriquez and Moises Carranza. They were taken to Saint Mary's in Grand Junction.

Authorities said the plane went off the runway, caught fire and flipped over onto its top.

The FAA says the plane is a Bombardier Challenger 600. It was flying from Tucson to Aspen and crashed as it was landing just after noon Sunday.

The airport will be closed until the wreckage is cleared. Airport authorities said they hope to have things open again Tuesday.

Several celebrities posted on Twitter that they witnessed the crash. Country singer LeAnn Rimes tweeted, “So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport.”

Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted, “Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet. Fire truck and ambulances were on the scene within minutes. I don’t believe there are any survivors. Airport is closed now. I think I’ll drive back to LA after seeing that.”