Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Aspen-Pitkin County Airport shut down Sunday after a private plane crashed onto the runway in an attempt to land, killing one of the plane's three passengers.
The Pitkin County Colorado Sheriff's Office told ABC News that a second passenger sustained major injuries, while a third suffered moderate injuries.
After departing from Tucson, Ariz., at around 10:04 a.m. local time, he plane's pilot reported high winds to air traffic control before the unsuccessful landing.
A private aircraft has crashed at the Aspen Airport. Emergency vehicles are on scene. The airport is closed until further notice.— Aspen Airport (@FlyAspenAirport) January 5, 2014
"Missed approach, N115WF. 33 knots of tail wind," he said before the crash.
Witnesses documented the scene on social media, including 35-year-old Jay Sills and his friend, Gretchen Hawkesby.
"The bottom of the plane was burning and the fire truck drove up and started spraying it down," he told USA Today.
A private plane just crashed at Aspen Airport! pic.twitter.com/sX0ukBtFfr— Gretchen Hawkesby (@StarshipFriends) January 5, 2014
So sad! Horrible plane crash we just saw happen at the Aspen airport.— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) January 5, 2014
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Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet.— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) January 5, 2014