March 31, 2001 |
Skiers who fly in here for white-knuckle experiences offered by the downhill slopes may well get their first serious adrenaline rush as their aircraft land in this high-mountain bowl. Unlike the long, measured approaches pilots can take at flatland airports, the ones who fly into the Aspen airport must begin a series of quick "step-downs" as soon as they clear a mountain range to the west.
March 30, 2001 |
A chartered jet out of Burbank and Los Angeles airports slammed into a hillside in snowy weather near Aspen, Colo., Thursday evening, killing all 18 people on board. Breaking into pieces, the plane hurtled over a culvert before smashing into a bluff just short of the runway at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, authorities said. Rescuers arrived within minutes as local residents climbed over fences and tried to find survivors in a field, but were turned back by spilled fuel and flaming wreckage.
March 31, 2001 |
A chartered jet that crashed near this ski resort, killing all 18 aboard, had abandoned its initial approach to the mountainous airport and was circling through steady snowfall for a second attempt to land when it exploded into a hillside, sources close to the investigation said Friday. Two other chartered jets--one immediately ahead of the doomed plane and one right behind--also missed their first passes at the landing strip, pulling out at the last moment, several sources told The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001 |
Confusion over how to best approach the tricky mountain valley airport here is of growing significance in the probe into the crash of a charter jet from Los Angeles that claimed 18 lives last week, federal investigators said Sunday.
June 6, 2001 |
The mysterious crash of a Boeing 737 jetliner in Colorado 10 years ago probably was caused by rudder problems similar to those that brought down another 737 near Pittsburgh about four years later, federal officials finally concluded Tuesday. In both cases, the pilots pushed pedals to move the rudder in one direction, but the rudder moved in the opposite direction, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
January 21, 1988 |
A freak collision with a large bird--probably a 15- to 20-pound pelican--brought down a $280-million B-1B bomber on a test flight over Colorado last September, the Air Force said Wednesday in its official investigation report on the accident. The bird slammed into the plane as the craft was traveling at 600 m.p.h. and the bomber's thin aluminum skin was ruptured just above the right engines, ripping a critical hydraulic line and starting a 3,000-degree fuel fire that doomed the giant jet.