NTSB Finalizes Ebersol Report

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The probable cause of the fatal crash in Colorado in November 2004 involving NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol was the flight crew's failure to ensure that the Canadair Ltd. CL-600-2A12's wings were free of ice or snow contamination, the National Transportation Safety Board reported Tuesday. "This failure resulted in an attempted takeoff with upper-wing contamination that induced the subsequent stall and collision with the ground," the NTSB said. The board already has issued several safety recommendations based on its investigation. Three people died in the crash -- the 14-year-old son of Ebersol, the captain and a flight attendant. The other three on board -- Ebersol, another son, and the first officer -- were seriously hurt. "It is imperative that flight crews adhere to the ground inspections and deicing guidelines that are in place when freezing precipitation is present while on the ground," said NTSB Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker. "It is paramount that the aircraft is free of contamination before attempting to takeoff during periods of freezing precipitation."