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Aspen airport closed as NTSB investigates crash

Monday, January 06, 2014
The wreckage of a plane crash is seen at Aspen Airport on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

The wreckage of a plane crash is seen at Aspen Airport on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (ABCNews Photo)

The airport in Aspen remained closed Monday as federal investigators looked into the cause of a deadly jet crash.

The private plane went off the right side of a runway, flipped over and burst into flames on Sunday, killing Sergio Carranza Brabata, the co-pilot.

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, all three men on board were pilots from Mexico. Two of them were flying and the third was a passenger. Emergency crews rushed to the wreckage and were able to get the survivors out. Miguel Henriqez was in critical condition and Moises Carranza was in serious condition as of Monday.

Officials say investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board would look at all possible factors, including weather, the condition of the Canadair CL-600 aircraft, and the actions of the crew.

Aspen is a popular ski resort located in the Rocky Mountains about 100 miles southwest of Denver. Airlines were busing stranded travelers to the Denver and Grand Junction airports.

Singer LeAnn Rimes tweeted that she saw the crash. Actor Kevin Nealon also saw it and tweeted, "Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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