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ABC Evening News for
Wednesday, Apr 19, 1989

Headline: USS Iowa/ Explosion


(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Explosion inside gun turret aboard battleship USS Iowa during training exercises in Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Rico reported; details given of events during reloading operations; scenes shown from ship; animation shown. [President BUSH - calls it a terrible tragedy.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) History of USS Iowa and its class of ships featured; armor plating of gun turrets on this kind of ship explained; historical films shown. Modernization of battleships discussed; use of USS New Jersey in 1983 in support of United States Marines in Lebanon recalled. Minor collision of two other ships taking part in training exercises mentioned.

Broadcast Type:Evening News Segment Type: News Content
Program Time:05:30:00 pm - 05:34:20 pm. Duration: 04:20
Record Number:121615
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Reporters:McWethy, John; Jennings, Peter
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