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Mexican pilots crash Canadian jet on Aspen runway
The flight had originated in Toluca, Mexico, and stopped in
Tucson a couple hours before crashing in Aspen, according to
federal officials and flight records.
When rescuers put out the fire and opened the door of the 22-
seat aircraft, only three people were found on board, all of
them pilots, Alex Burchetta, director of operations for the
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, told The Times.
Burchetta said copilot Sergio Carranza Brabata, 54, of Mexico,
The two other pilots were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital. One
suffered serious injuries, and the other moderate injuries,
Burchetta said, adding that their injuries were due to the
impact of the crash, not the fire.
It was not immediately clear why the plane crashed. A National
Weather Service meteorologist refused to describe Aspen's
weather to The Times, citing the crash and saying such
information would be released through the National
Transportation Safety Board.
The weather service's website, however, said that the area was
under a "hazardous weather outlook" and that light snow and
winds stronger than 20 mph were expected. Witnesses at the
airport reported that the weather was windy around the time of
Two NTSB investigators were on their way to Aspen, spokesman
Peter Knudson told The Times, adding that the plane had appeared
to be attempting to land when it crashed.
The airport, known to be more difficult than average for some
pilots, is about four miles northwest of Aspen, a ski-resort
getaway historically popular with the rich and famous.
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