Monday, January 13, 2014

ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3R N115WF Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE)

As originally reported by: Aviation Safttey Network.

 ASN Aircraft accident Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3R N115WF Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE):

Date:Sunday 5 January 2014
Time:ca 12:22
Type:Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3R
C/n / msn:5153
First flight:1994
Engines:2 General Electric CF34-3A1
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage:Substantial
Airplane fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE) (United States of Americashow on map
Phase:Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), United States of America
Destination airport:Aspen Airport, CO (ASE/KASE), United States of America
A Canadair Challenger 601 corporate jet, reported by Flightaware to be N115WF, sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE). The airplane came to rest upside down on runway 15. The right hand wing had broken off and a fire erupted. Three people were on board the airplane, the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office said. One person died in the crash, one person has major to severe injuries and one person has minor to moderate injuries.
Flightaware data show that Challenger N115WF arrived at Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) about 08:47 MST following a flight from Toluca (TLC), Mexico. The airplane then departed at 10:04 MST, bound for Aspen, CO.
Audio from the Aspen Tower frequency shows N115WF being cleared to land about 12:10 but the flight executed a missed approach: "Missed approach November one one five Wiskey Fox .. Thirty three knots of tailwind." Other flights had also reported low level windshear and a gain of 5-20 knots on approach.
Following the missed approach procedure, N115WF was again cleared to land about 12:20: "November one one five Wiskey Foxtrot wind three three zero at one six, runway one five cleared to land. One minute average three two zero, one four, gust two five." This clearance was confirmed by N115WF: "Roger one one five Wiskey Fox."
The FAA confirmed to ABC News that the airplane was a "Bombardier Challenger 600, coming from Tucson to Aspen".

The last automated weather report before the accident read:
KASE 051853Z 31009G28KT 270V360 9SM HZ FEW035 BKN046 OVC050 M11/M20 A3007 RMK AO2 PK WND 33028/1851 SLP243 T11111200 $
18:53 UTC (11:53 LT): Wind 310 degrees at 9 knots, gusting to 28 knots; wind variable between 270 and 360 degrees; Visibility: 9 miles in haze; few clouds at 3500 feet AGL, broken clouds at 4600 feet AGL, overcast cloud deck at 5000 feet AGL; Temperature: -11°C, Dew point -20°C; pressure 30.07 inches Hg.

» Flightaware flight route
» LiveATC (audio file of Aspen Tower ATC)
» Private jet crashes Aspen Airport; 1 dead, 2 hurt (KABC)
» Flightaware accident info
» ABC News


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does notdisplay the exact flight path.
Distance from Tucson International Airport, AZ to Aspen Airport, CO as the crow flies is 866 km (541 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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