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Photos: Plane crash at Aspen airport

Published 6:54 PM ET, Sun January 5, 2014
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Emergency crews respond to the scene of a small plane that crashed upon landing at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, Colorado, on Sunday, January 5. Leigh Vogel/The Aspen Times/AP
The Aspen airport is known as a challenging place for pilots to land because of the mountains that surround the runway. Leigh Vogel/The Aspen Times/AP
The pilot of the twin-engine jet earlier reported high winds during a previous attempt to land, according to a recording of the air traffic control radio transmission. Jason Dewey/Getty Images
Firetrucks and ambulances surround the crash site. The airport tarmac is often filled with private planes owned or chartered by people who own vacation homes in the mountain resort community. Jason Dewey/Getty Images
The crashed jet was a Bombardier Challenger 600 coming from Tucson, Arizona, an FAA spokesman said. Leigh Vogel/The Aspen Times/AP