NTSB releases preliminary report on Aspen plane crash; Pilot tried twice to land in gusty winds

ASPEN, Colo. - The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday on the deadly plane crash in Aspen.

In the report, NTSB investigators said the plane missed its first landing and on its second attempt, it briefly touched down, bounced into the air, then descended rapidly and crashed in gusty winds.

The Bombardier CL-600-2B16, N115WF, was flying from Mexico to Aspen, with a stop in Tucson, when it arrived at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on January 5 at 12:22 p.m.

According to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration, air traffic controllers warned the pilots that winds were gusting to 25 knots (28 mph).

"The crew executed a missed approach, and then requested to be vectored for a second attempt," the NTSB report said. " On the second landing attempt N115WF briefly touched down on the runway, then bounced into the air and descended rapidly impacting with the ground at midfield."

Three pilots were on board. One man was killed, two others were seriously injured. The airplane was destroyed.

The men were flying to Aspen to pick up family and friends. They were the only ones aboard.

Investigators haven't said who was in control of the plane at the time of the crash.

The cockpit voice recorder, flight data recorder, and Enhanced Ground Proximity System were recovered.

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

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