File photo of private jet in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado. Photo Credit: grandriver (iStock).

File photo of private jet in the mountains near Aspen, Colorado. Photo Credit: grandriver (iStock).

Colorado rescue teams were in the right place at the right time on Friday morning when an incoming private aircraft experienced some landing trouble. 

At about 9:54 AM, the private flight experienced a partial landing gear collapse, forcing the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport to temporarily shutdown after blocking the runway.

Luckily, several agencies were already on the scene at the airport for a safety training exercise, which included Aspen Fire, Aspen Ambulance District, and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. 

"This is one for the books, that's for sure," Airport Director Dan Bartholomew tells the Aspen Daily News.

As of 12:30 PM, airport officials confirmed the reopening of the terminal and runway with airport operations fully resuming.

The aircraft has since been removed from the runway following the 2.5-hour long closure of the airport. Both passengers and crew members were unharmed in the incident.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.


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