Airplane Crash

Mountain Edition
3:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 9th, 2014

Governor Hickenlooper says Colorado dealt with a lot in 2013 including massive fires and biblical floods. He delivered his State of the State address today.

Aspen saw its first plane crash in more than 20 years earlier this week. One died, two were injured and there were a lot of witnesses.

We talk with an expert who explains which pilots get extra training for flying into Aspen’s tricky airport.

We get the latest on efforts to grow and sell recreational pot in the Upper Valley.

Aspen is trying to alert residents and businesses about two big X Games concerts later this month.

And, we’ll hear just how easy it is to break the city’s noise ordinance.

Finally, there’s sobering news about what happens when big mountain skiing and snowboarding go terribly wrong. Our latest Road to Sochi looks at the documentary The Crash Reel.

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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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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