Aspen resident Frances Dittmer killed in plane crash in Mexico |

Aspen resident Frances Dittmer killed in plane crash in Mexico

Michael McLaughlin
The Aspen Times

Aspen resident Frances Dittmer was one of two people who died in an aircraft accident near Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco in Mexico.

According to a Thursday report on the Jalisco edition of, the aircraft had left Cihuatlan and was scheduled to make a stop in Chamela before continuing to Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, but never reached its first destination.

The disappearance of the private aircraft, which originally had stated that it was military, was located several kilometers from a town called Eden, south of the town of Puerto Vallarta.

The secretariat of communications and transportation in Mexico issued a statement that stated a total loss of the aircraft and the death of the pilot, identified as Alberto Velasco Navarro, and passenger Dittmer, 72.

Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, executive director of the Aspen Art Museum, issued a statement saying that Dittmer was a long-serving trustee of the Aspen Art Museum, a past chair for its National Council and chairwoman of the Architect Selection Committee for the new museum.

“She was a passionate art collector and inspired philanthropist,” Zuckerman Jacobson said. “You always knew when Frannie was in the room, as her infectious laugh was legendary.”

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