Officials further confirmed that the plane first slid sideways into a road, and that, upon impact, the cockpit was ripped from the fuselage, creating a gap through which Ebersol's older son, Charles, helped his 57-year-old father escape.
Montrose County Chief Deputy Coroner Matt Eilts reported Monday that a "complete and thorough search" of the plane and crash site area revealed no sign of Edward "Teddy" Ebersol, and that "we believe at this time that the boy has probably perished within the crash."
The two confirmed fatalities were pilot Luis Alberto Polanco Espaillat, 50, of the Dominican Republic, and flight attendant Warren T. Richardson III, 36, from Coral Gables, Fla., Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Monday. The name of the plane's copilot, transported from Montrose to a Denver hospital burn unit Sunday afternoon, was not released as of press time.
Dick and Charles "Charlie" Ebersol were transported from Montrose to St. Mary's Hospital, in Grand Junction. The plane, en route from a gathering in Los Angeles, where Charlie's school, Notre Dame, played a football game Saturday night against the University of Southern California, where 18-year-old son Willie Ebersol is a freshman, had stopped to drop off Ebersol's wife of 23 years, "Kate and Allie" and "McMillan and Wife" star Susan Saint James.
Reports that the Ebersol jet was not de-iced prior to takeoff are unconfirmed.
Neither NBC nor St. Mary's Hospital released any information on Dick and Charles Ebersol's conditions. St. James, who has "requested privacy," according to an NBC spokesman, "is at the hospital with Dick and Charlie."
The Ebersols live in Litchfield, Ct., and maintain a second home in Telluride. Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James are founding trustees of the Telluride Academy, and are major contributors to its endowment fund. St. James is on the board of the Telluride Foundation.