Date: November 28, 2004
Time: 09:55
Location: Montrose, Colorado
Operator: Glow Air/Air Castle - Charter
Flight #: 73
Route: Montrose, CO - South Bend, IN
AC Type: Canadair CL-601-2A12 Challenger
Registration: N873G
cn / ln: 3009
Aboard: 6   (passengers:3  crew:3)
Fatalities: 3   (passengers:1  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: While attempting to take off from R31, the aircraft skidded sideways off the runway and went through a perimeter fence, ripping the cockpit from the fuselage and bursting into flames. There was light snow falling with fog and reduced visibility at the time of the accident. Also, the pilot chose to take off from a 7,500 ft. runway rather than wait for the 10,000 ft. runway to be plowed. The youngest son of NBC sports chairman Dick Ebersol and actress Susan Saint James killed. St. James had just exited the accident vehicle before it took off. The flightcrew's failure to ensure that the airplane's wings were free of ice or snow contamination that accumulated while the airplane was on the ground, which resulted in an attempted takeoff with upper wing contamination that induced the a subsequent stall and collision with the ground. A factor contributing to the accident was the pilots' lack of experience flying during winter weather conditions.

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