Aspen/Pitkin County Airport reopens after deadly plane crash

ASPEN, Colo. - The Aspen/Pitkin County County Airport reopened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, two days after a deadly crash blocked the runway.

The first flights out will be United flights to Denver, Chicago and Los Angeles that were canceled on Sunday afternoon after the crash. Some passengers are still being bused to Grand Junction and Denver to catch flights and relieve the backlog of canceled flights.

A small jet from Mexico crashed Sunday at 12:33 p.m. The co-pilot died. Two other people, both pilots, survived.

The wreckage was stabilized Monday and investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were able to get inside the plane, according to airport officials. While on board, the crews were able to conduct their investigation, recover the cockpit voice recorder (black box) and deactivate the emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

Also Monday, airport operations crews repaired the damaged runway lights and signage. The wreckage was removed at 10 p.m. last night and moved to an off-site location for the continuing investigation.

Determining of the cause of the crash is expected to take 12 to 18 months.

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