Aspen Pitkin County Airport

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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Aspen Plane Crash
7:58 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Pitkin Co. Officials Believe Wind Was Behind Crash

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo
Credit Roger Adams - Aspen Public Radio

“911 call came in…”

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Aspen Plane Crash
6:00 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Witnesses Say Plane Started to "Cartwheel" Down Runway

Eye witnesses to the fatal plane crash at the Aspen Airport say the private plane "cartwheeled" before it burst into flames.
Credit Roger Adams

Wind has been cited as a possible factor in the plane crash. The Aspen airport can be a particularly challenging place for pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with some seasoned pilots from the area and eyewitnesses to the crash.

Several people inside the terminal witnessed the crash. Comedian Kevin Nealon tweeted the plane “exploded into flames as it was landing.” Aspen resident Randy Placeres saw the soot-covered plane as the emergency vehicles were just pulling up.

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