Grim Anniversary: One Year Since Deadly Crash In Montrose

Montrose (AP) A grim anniversary is being remembered in
Montrose, Telluride and beyond. It was one year ago that a plane with N.B.C. Sports executive Dick Ebersol, two of his sons, and three crew members crashed on takeoff from Montrose Regional Airport.

Three people were killed, including 14–year–old Edward "Teddy" Ebersol, 36–year–old flight attendant Warren T. Richardson of Coral Gables, Florida; and 50–year–old pilot Luis Alberto Polanco Espaillat from the Dominican Republic.

Teddy Ebersol, the youngest son of Dick Ebersol and his wife, actress Susan Saint James, was ejected, and crushed by the plane's wreckage. He was a freshman at the Gunnery School in Connecticut. The family lives in Litchfield, Connecticut, but has had ties to Colorado for several years.

The plane went down in light snow and freezing temperatures, and federal investigators are still trying to determine whether icing on the wings played a role in the crash. The plane had taken off from California en route to South Bend, Indiana. It stopped in Montrose so Saint James could go to Telluride, to decorate one of the family's homes for the holidays.

Telluride Ski Resort renamed one of its runs "Teddy's Way" in March.

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