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ASPEN PLANE CRASH
9:40 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Expert: Pilots Likely Well Trained, Maybe Not for Difficult Aspen Airport

The airplane involved in a crash at Aspen's airport was a Bombardier Challenger 600.
Roger Adams

Aspen can be a particularly difficult airport to fly in and out of, especially in bad weather... and pilots get the final say about whether or not to land. Some pilots get extra training for a tricky airport like Aspen, but it's not clear whether the pilots in the crash did.  To learn more about how pilots are trained, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with Aleks Udris. He’s co-partner in a pilot training business in Boulder called Boldmethod, and recently wrote about Aspen's airport.

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Aspen Plane Crash
7:56 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Planes, Buses to Get Travelers to Destinations

Buses to help get travelers to destinations from the Aspen Airport - January 6th, 2014
Rob St. Mary

With the clearing of the crash wreckage from the runway last night, the Aspen Airport saw travelers arriving by car and bus to find the best ways out of the town this morning.

By 6am several dozen travelers had arrived at the United Airlines counter to get tickets re-routed following a 36 hour closure of the airport. Travelers were offered various solutions including flights out of Aspen or bus service to Denver to meet connecting flights.

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Aspen Plane Crash
11:05 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Wreckage Removed, Aspen Airport to Reopen

Wreckage of the crash at the Aspen Airport - photo taken Sunday January 5th, 2014
Credit Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

As of 10:30pm this evening, Monday, the wreckage of a private jet that crashed at the Aspen Airport yesterday afternoon has been removed from the runway.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo made the announcement via press release.

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Road to Sochi
5:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Road to Sochi: Documentary Highlights Dangers of Extreme Sports

A new documentary called The Crash Reel opened in theaters in December. It details the crash and recovery of pro snowboarder and 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce.
Credit The Crash Reel

As the Olympic Games get closer, the competitions are heating up. The Aspen-area athletes competing in ski racing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and freeskiing will find out soon whether they’ve made Team USA. Some local athletes compete in the halfpipe like snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler and freeskiers Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferriera. Skiing Halfpipe is a new discipline at the upcoming Olympics. Just like many competitions, this event can be dangerous and even fatal. A new documentary features 2010 Olympic hopeful Kevin Pearce who crashed during training and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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Aspen Plane Crash
11:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

DEVELOPING: Investigating the Plane Crash at the Aspen Airport

Departures Board at the Aspen Airport - January 6th, 2014
Rob St. Mary

3:53pm - Courtney Liedler of the NTSB says as of 3pm her team has not been able to get onto the aircraft to start the interior investigation. But, the Federal officials say man, machine and mother nature are the key aspects they will be investigating related to the crash. She says the final report will take 12-18 months to complete, but a preliminary report should be released about 5-7 days after the NTSB team leaves Aspen.

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