UPDATED: Business Jet Crashes at Aspen Airport, At Least One Dead

  • Jan 5, 2014 12:55pm GMT

UPDATED Sunday, January 5, 2:48p MST - At least one person died when a small plane crashed while trying to land at the Aspen, Colorado, airport Sunday, said Alex Burchetta with the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

Two other people were transported to the hospital with "moderate to severe injuries," he said.

Original Story - According to eyewitnesses and the FAA, a Bombardier Challenger 600 crashed on approach to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO, en route from Tucson.

Emergency crews responded to the scene at the airport shortly after 12:30p MST.

"I just saw a huge plume of smoke," said Jay Sills, who was at the airport and saw the plane moments after it crashed. "I came around the corner and the plane was upside down, rocking back and forth, next to the runway."

Aspen, a well-known skiing destination in the Rockies, plays host to a number of celebrities during the winter months. At least two well-known entertainers were at the airport at the time of the crash.

Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted from the scene: "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet."

Later he tweeted: "Fire trucks and other emergency vehicles still at scene. No word on survivors or who was on jet but I can't imagine there are survivors."

Singer LeAnn Rimes tweeted: "So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport."

Image courtesy Jay Sills via KUSA.