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Aspen airport reopening after deadly crash

Published On: Jan 07 2014 07:31:17 AM CST
Aspen, Colo

Courtesy Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism via CNN

ASPEN, Colo. -

Officials are working to reopen the Aspen airport after the wreckage of a jet that crashed Sunday was removed from the runway.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said in a statement Monday night that normal operations will resume as soon as airlines can coordinate scheduling and staffing after the airport was shut down for two days, affecting about 3,000 passengers.

Two men from Mexico were being treated for serious injuries and another was dead after a fiery plane crash at the airport, which is a popular ski resort where wealthy visitors shuttle in and out on private flights.

Sheriff's spokesman Alex Burchetta says the plane went off the right side of the runway, flipped over and burst into flames on Sunday afternoon while landing.

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