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January 5, 2014
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PLANE CRASH UPDATE: Deceased was pilot, Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata

The lone person killed in Sunday’s private-jet crash at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport has been identified as co-pilot Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata, 54, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident occurred at 12:23 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. The plane was a Bombardier Challenger 600, with three people on board. The other two, a pilot and another co-pilot, were both injured. Their names are being withheld by the National Transportation Safety Board, which is handling the investigation and will determine when the airport can re-open.

“Their injuries are described as moderate to severe and were traumatic and not thought to be thermal in nature,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

The plane departed Tucson, Ariz., at 10:04 a.m.. After it came to a rest upside down on the Aspen runway, a fire erupted, witnesses at the scene said. First responders extinguished the fire within minutes, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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