Video released of jet crash at Aspen Airport

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(Credit: Brent Gardner-Smith - Aspen Journalism)

ASPEN, Colo. — The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport released video of the deadly jet crash on a runway that happened Jan. 5.

The video was released as a result of a Colorado Open Records Act request from Aspen Journalism.

The video is from five infrared cameras located at different places on the airport property. Heat shows up as bright white, otherwise the infrared cameras display the video in black and white images.

The video shows the plane come in, bounce off the runway back into the air and then it goes back down nose-first. It bursts into flames and slides down the runway.

It looks like the pilot may have applied power to the engines in an attempt to abort the landing.

One of the three pilots on board the airplane died in the crash.

A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board Jan. 17 says the plane had a tailwind of at least 19 knots with gusts to 25 knots. That report indicates the weather played a role in the crash of the Challenger-600 CL jet.

LINK: Aspen Airport reopens, investigation into fatal crash ongoing



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