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Accident description
Last updated: 25 March 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 5 January 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic CL60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 601-3R
Operator:Vineland Corporation
Registration: N115WF
C/n / msn: 5153
First flight: 1994
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3A1
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, CO (ASE) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 2384 m (7822 feet) amsl
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, registered N115WF, was destroyed 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. There were two crewmembers and a passenger onboard. One crewmember was fatally injured; the other crewmember and passenger received serious 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."
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.


» 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

METAR Weather report:
18:53 UTC / 11:53 local time:
KASE 051853Z 31009G28KT 270V360 9SM HZ FEW035 BKN046 OVC050 M11/M20 A3007 RMK AO2 PK WND 33028/1851 SLP243 T11111200 $
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.


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Video from Aspen airport infrared cameras of Jan. 5, 2014 jet crash from Aspen Journalism on Vimeo.

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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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