NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Aspen Plane Crash

Jan 17, 2014

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the Sunday January 5th, 2014 crash of a private jet at the Aspen Airport that killed one crew member and injured two others onboard.

The report dated Thursday January 16th, 2014 reviews aspects of the weather, communications and other information.

In the report lays no blame on the cause of the crash – be it nature, man or machine.

National Transportation Safety Board

But, one aspect receiving heavy focus is the wind speed. According to data recorded at the scene when the crash occurred, the wind speed was observed at “14 knots gusting to 17 knots”. One of the early speculations on the cause of the crash had been gusty winds. But, according to data in the report the highest gust recorded was 26 knots about 20 minutes before the crash at the Aspen Airport.

The report also adds new information on where the plane is registered and the details of the landing that ended in a crash. The NTSB says the plane is registered to the Bank of Utah Trustee and operated by Vineland Corporation Company in Panama. The report adds that the plane was making a second attempt to land when it hit the runway hard, bounced and rolled.

A final report from the NTSB on the crash is expected in 12-18 months. Recent media reports say one of the two injured men onboard has been released from a Grand Junction hospital.

Read the full report in the slideshow above or by clicking this link: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20140106X95024&key=1