1 serious, 1 critical after Colorado plane crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PITKIN COUNTY, Colo. Two men from Mexico who survived a fiery plane crash in Colorado are being treated for serious injuries.

Hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Williams said Monday that Miguel Henriqez was in critical condition and Moises Carranza was in serious condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.

They were injured Sunday when the private plane crashed while trying to land in Aspen.

Both are pilots and one was co-piloting the plane along with Sergio Carranza Brabata of Mexico, who died in the crash.

It was not clear who was in control of the plane when it crashed.

Officials say the flight originated in Mexico and stopped in Tucson, Ariz., before heading to Aspen.

The airport is challenging because it is surrounded by mountains, forcing pilots to descend sharply.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:23 p.m. on Sunday.

The aircraft was fully engulfed in flames and had flipped over after impact.

First responders from the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Team were able to extinguish the flames in minutes. The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, Aspen Police, Aspen Ambulance, Aspen Fire, Snowmass Wildcat Fire Protection District and Basalt Fire Department also responded to the scene.

All three aboard were pilots, a pilot and co-pilot flying the plane and another pilot as a passenger. 54-year-old Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The non-­commercial aircraft is being described as a Bombardier Challenger 600. The wreckage remains on the Owl Creek side of the runway at this time.

The airport remains closed until the NTSB gives the go ­ahead to clear the wreckage and debris from the runway. Every effort is being made by airport officials to re-­open the airport as soon as possible.

Travelers are advised to check with their airlines on flight availability tonight and tomorrow.


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