A private plane flipped was "fully engulfed in flames" before flipping onto its roof on a runway at an airport in Aspen, according to local officials.
Photos from the scene show the badly-damaged fuselage and what appears to be a thick coat of snow and ice on the runway.
The person killed in a plane crash in Aspen, Colorado has been named as Sergio Emilio Carranza Brabata, 54.
A statement from Pitkin County Sheriff's Department said Mr Brabata was the co-pilot.
The pilot and a passenger - who was a also a trained pilot - have not been named.
Aspen/Pitkin County Airport remains closed.
One of the survivors of a plane crash in Aspen, Colorado is critical while the other is in a fair condition, NBC News reports citing the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.
Both were taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, it reports.
The US National Transportation Safety Board has said it is investigating today's crash at Aspen airport in the state of Colorado:
One person has died and at least two people have survived a private plane crash at Aspen Airport, NBC News has reported, citing local sheriffs.
Aspen Airport in Colorado has confirmed it has closed while emergency teams respond to a private aircraft that has crash landed.
The small plane that crashed at Aspen airport is believed to be a Bombardier Challenger 600 and was flying to the Colorado city from Tucson, Arizona, an ABC News affiliate has reported, citing air officials.
A plane "exploded into flames" in a crash landing at Aspen airport, according to US actor and comedian Kevin Nealon, who witnessed the incident in Colorado.
A small plane has crashed at Aspen airport in the US state of Colorado, according to eyewitness and local media reports.
Various eyewitnesses, including the singer Leann Rimes, tweeted their shock from the scene of the reported crash while posting images of a plane on the snow-filled runway.