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Ebersol Crash Co-Pilot Sues

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The co-pilot of the Challenger business jet that crashed at Montrose, Colo., in 2004, killing Teddy Ebersol, youngest son of NBC Sports head Dick Ebersol, and two others says the manuals for the jet should have been more specific about the dangers of flying the Canadair Challenger 601 in icing conditions. Eric Sloan Wicksell, of Daytona Beach, claims the flight and training manuals for the plane should have spelled out the icing dangers more explicitly. The NTSB concluded that the crash, which occurred on takeoff, was most likely caused by the pilot failing to manually check for ice contamination on the wings. The pilot, Luis Polanco-Espaillat, and flight attendant Warren Richardson III, were killed while Ebersol, his older son Charlie and Wicksell were injured. Wicksell is also suing the owners of the airplane saying they were aware that the pilot was not qualified to fly in winter weather. The runway was covered in slush and snow and Dick and Charlie Ebersol both told investigators they saw it on the aircraft, too.

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