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Corporate Jet Crash at Aspen — 1 Dead, 2 injured, Airport Closed for 2 Days

“A Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet, reported by Flightaware to be N115WF, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE). The airplane came to rest upside down on runway 15. The right hand wing had broken off and a fire erupted. Three people were on board the airplane, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office said. One person died in the crash, one person has major to severe injuries and one person has minor to moderate injuries. Flightaware data show that Challenger N115WF arrived at Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) about 08:47 MST following a flight from Toluca (TLC), Mexico. The airplane then departed at 10:04 MST, bound for Aspen, CO.

Audio from the Aspen Tower frequency shows N115WF being cleared to land about 12:10 but the flight executed a missed approach: ‘Missed approach November one one five Wiskey Fox .. Thirty three knots of tailwind.’ Other flights had also reported low level windshear and a gain of 5-20 knots on approach.

Following the missed approach procedure, N115WF was again cleared to land about 12:20: ‘November one one five Wiskey Foxtrot wind three three zero at one six, runway one five cleared to land. One minute average three two zero, one four, gust two five.’ This clearance was confirmed by N115WF: ‘Roger one one five Wiskey Fox.’

The FAA confirmed to ABC News that the airplane was a ‘Bombardier Challenger 600, coming from Tucson to Aspen.’” (Source: https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20140105-1).

We at Pilot Law extend our sympathies and condolences to the victims of this crash. We have a lot of experience in handling cases such as this and will continue to independently investigate the possible causes of this terrible accident.  As always, we are available for a free consultation with anyone who may wish to pursue claims on their behalf or on behalf of a loved one.