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11-28-2004, 06:37 PM
Ebersol injured in private jet crash

NBC Sports president
seriously hurt; at least two others dead

The Associated Press
Updated: 6:58 p.m. ET Nov. 28, 2004

MONTROSE, Colo. - NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol survived a charter plane crash that killed at least two people Sunday, the network said in a statement through its Denver affiliate KUSA-TV.

Montrose County sheriff’s officials said three survivors, including Ebersol, were seriously injured when the jet crashed through a fence and burst into flames at Montrose Regional Airport, which serves the Telluride Ski Area.

The network said the pilot and co-pilot were killed. Rescuers were searching for a sixth person listed on the plane’s manifest whose seat from the plane was missing from the wreckage.

Linda McCool, a nursing supervisor at Montrose Memorial Hospital, said three men were brought to the hospital after the crash, but had all been transferred to other hospitals by Sunday afternoon. McCool would not release where or how they were transported, or what condition they were in.

Identities of other victims were not immediately released pending notification of relatives, but KUSA said Ebersol’s wife, actress Susan St. James, was not on the plane.

Authorities were searching for the missing person in rugged terrain by helicopter and on the ground.

The crash occurred in an area covered with small brush and cedar trees, sheriff’s Communications Supervisor David Learned said. A large drainage ditch also is at the site.

It was snowing in the area but regional Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said he did not know if that was a factor. The National Weather Service had forecast up to 2 feet of snow by afternoon in the area.

The plane was on its way to South Bend, Ind. Kenitzer identified the plane’s tail number as N873G, a CL-601 Challenger registered to Jet Alliance of Millville, N.J.

An operator at Jet Alliance said she had no information about the crash.

Investigators from the FAA and National Safety Transportation Board were en route to the airport, 185 miles southwest of Denver.

Ebersol became president of NBC Sports in 1989 and has turned it into the Olympic network, buying the U.S. broadcast rights for every Summer and Winter Games through 2012. Ebersol also worked as an NBC entertainment executive, and in the early 1980s was executive producer of Saturday Night Live.

NBC Sports is a partner in the joint venture that runs NBCSports.com.
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dirk digler
11-28-2004, 06:39 PM
God bless them all and their families in this time of tragedy.