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NTSB launches team to investigate crash of charter jet near Aspen, Colorado
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 NTSB launches team to investigate crash of charter jet near Aspen, Colorado

The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a team of investigators to the site of a crash last night in Aspen, Colorado of a chartered Gulfstream G3 (N303GA). All 18 persons aboard reportedly died in the crash, which occurred at about 7:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Investigator-in-Charge Al Dickinson will lead the 10-member team. NTSB Acting Chairman Carol Carmody is accompanying the team and will serve as spokesperson for the on-scene investigation. Terry Williams is the press officer. In addition, two NTSB family affairs specialists are on their way to Aspen.

The team departed from Reagan National Airport at about 6:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time aboard a government aircraft and is expected to arrive in Aspen around 7:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time.

The aircraft's cockpit voice recorder has been recovered from the wreckage and will be sent to the NTSB's laboratory in Washington later today.

The time and location for press briefings will be announced by the Go Team after it arrives and establishes a command post in Aspen.

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