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January 6, 2014
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CRASH UPDATE (Monday, Jan. 6): Airport remains closed as feds investigate, two injured pilots identified

Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will remained closed today (Monday) as the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration begin their investigation into the private-jet crash Sunday that killed one pilot and injured two other crew members.

The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office also released the names of the two injured pilots — Miguel Henriquez and Moises Carranza. Both were airlifted Sunday to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for further treatment. The 54-year-old co-pilot, Emilio Carranza Brabata, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pilots were the three people onboard the Bombardier Challenger 600. Two were flying the plane and one was a passenger, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Meanwhile, Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office, in a statement issued at 11:49 p.m. Sunday, said: “The airport will remain closed until NTSB gives the go-ahead to clear the wreckage and debris from the runway. The local incident management team will be working with NTSB to ensure safety at the crash site. There are concerns about remaining fuel aboard and the stability of the aircraft, which is in an unstable position on the runway. A crane, two front-end loaders and large straps will be used to help stabilize the aircraft while investigators are in the vicinity. Bombardier officials are also being consulted to gain a better understanding of the aircraft’s structural integrity.”

Wreckage remains on the Owl Creek side or the runway and will remain following the NTSB investigation.

Updates regarding flight schedules and alternate transportation plans will be posted on www.aspenairport.com.

A media briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the cafe area of the airport terminal.


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