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(ASPEN, Colo.) — One person was killed and two others injured Sunday afternoon when a 22-passenger plane crashed while attempting to land at Colorado’s Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.  There were no other people on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allan Kenitzer said the plane originated from Mexico and stopped in Tucson, Ariz., before going down in Aspen.

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office, the three males on the Canadair CL-600 were Mexican pilots.  The dead man was later identified as Sergio Carranza Brabata, 54.

Multiple witnesses, including singer Leann Rimes and comedian Kevin Nealon, tweeted about the plane crash on Twitter, writing that smoke was coming from the site.

Around 2:30 p.m ET, Nealon wrote, “Horrible plane crash here at Aspen airport. Exploded into flames as it was landing. I think it was a private jet.”

Nealon wrote that emergency services were there within minutes.  The airport was closed following the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was registered to the Bank of Utah, according to FAA records.  Meanwhile, ABC News has learned that wind gusts are being investigated as a possible cause of the crash.

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