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1 Aspen plane crash survivor leaves hospital

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ASPEN, Colo. — One of two survivors from a horrific plane crash at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport earlier in January was upgraded to good condition last week, and had left the hospital as of earlier this week, according to a report.

The Aspen Daily News was reporting that Moises Carranza was no longer in the St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction as of Monday morning. Miguel Henriquez, the crash’s other survivor, remained in critical condition on Monday.

Sergio Emilo Carranza Brabata, who was identified as a co-pilot of the plane, was pronounced dead at the scene of the Jan. 5 crash, which shut down the major regional airport for two days. Brabata was a Mexican citizen and licensed pilot. Carranza and Henriquez are also Mexican citizens and licensed pilots.

The 22-seat Bombardier Challenger 600 jet that crashed became engulfed in flames just off the airport’s runway. Before the crash, the pilot reported high winds during one attempt to land. The crash occurred about 12:23 p.m. as the jet came in for another landing attempt.

Determining the exact cause of the crash is expected to take between 12 and 18 months, investigators have said.

1 Comment

  • Robert Gift

    Glad that he is recovering. Hope the other pilot will be OK.
    Sounds like a sudden tailwind gust caused the aircraft to drop onto the runway.

    (Think I saw the aircaft heading east on I-70 on a flatbed trailer the other night.)

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