Ebersol Fatal Jet Crash in Colorado
- On November 28, 2004, a Canadair Challenger 600 crashed, killing three on board.
- This Challenger 600 has a dangerous design flaw that was implicated in a similar accident in 2002.
of three people, including the son of NBC television executive Richard Ebersol,
in the crash of a chartered jet on November 28, 2004, in Montrose, CO, further
confirm a dangerous design flaw on the airplane’s wings that has already been
implicated in a similar accident in 2002, claim attorneys for the pilot of the
Tuesday, May 2, 2006, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
determines the probable cause of the crash carrying the Ebersol family, it
should address the particular susceptibility of the Canadair Challenger 600 to
icing on the wings, according to attorney Brian Alexander of Kreindler &
Kreindler LLP in New York, which represents the family of pilot Luis A.
Polanco-Espaillat, who also killed in the crash.
manufacturer of the Challenger, did not admit until after the Montrose crash
that potentially dangerous wing contamination might be too small for pilots to
see, even though this problem had been identified and made clear to the
manufacturer by British aviation investigators after a similar Challenger jet
crash in January 2002.
authorities had called for improved procedures for ice detection, realizing
that an unsafe amount of ice, snow, slush or frost might be present on the
wings but invisible to the flight crew. Before the tragic accident, the pilots
of Mr. Ebersol’s charter flight viewed the wings and determined they were in
“good” and “clear” condition.
accidents are typically the result of multiple contributing factors, but the
bottom line in this case is that Bombardier never advised Challenger pilots
that contamination too small to be seen can cause a catastrophic loss of
control on takeoff,” Mr. Alexander said. “Knowing the particular
susceptibility of these wings, the manufacturer owed it to all passengers and
crew to advise the pilots that they must actually touch the wings to be sure
they are safe.”
after the crash, the NTSB noted that non-slatted turbo jet transport aircraft
(such as the Challenger) have been involved in a disproportionate number of
crashes on takeoff where ice was a contributing factor. In a December 29, 2004, advisory, the NTSC wrote,
the accident and research evidence indicating that small, almost visually
imperceptible amounts of ice accumulation on the upper surface of a wing can
cause the same aerodynamic penalties as much larger (and more visible) ice
accumulations, recent accidents indicate that the pilot community still may not
appreciate the potential consequences of small amounts of ice.”
Mr. Alexander and Eusebio Polanco-Espaillat, the
brother of Captain Polanco-Espaillat, are available to answer questions about
the upcoming NTSB hearing and the important air safety issues related to this
tragic crash. Please contact me at the numbers below for more information or to
arrange an interview.