Challenger Crashes at Aspen in Windy Conditions

 - January 6, 2014, 3:00 PM

One person aboard a Bombardier Challenger 600 died and another was seriously injured after the aircraft–N115WF–crashed Sunday afternoon while attempting to land on Runway 15 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Colorado. The Challenger’s right wing separated at impact, and the aircraft then rolled inverted and caught fire. A third person aboard the aircraft sustained minor injuries.

The accident occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. during the aircraft’s second attempt to land. The crew missed the first approach after reporting a 33-knot tailwind.

Live ATC captured the tower telling the crew just before the second attempt to the same runway that the wind was still gusting to 25 knots.