ABC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 23, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McArtor's scheduled meeting with chief pilots of United States airlines to discuss ways of preventing disasters such as recent Northwest flight 255 crash in Detroit, Michigan, reported
(DC: Jackie Judd) Contd. investigation into cause of Detroit crash noted; scenes shown. [Courtesy "This Wk.", McARTOR - feels crash should not have happened; explains.] Concern that pilot complacency was involved noted. [Courtesy "This Wk.", Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson Captain Henry DUFFY - notes complacency and boredom threaten aviation safety.] Leading theory as to cause of Northwest 255 crash reviewed. [McARTOR - is concerned that "routine professionalism" is falling by the wayside.]
(Detroit, Michigan: Chris Bury) Memorial service here for flight 255 victims featured; scenes shown. [Sheriff Robert FICANO - extends sympathy to families.] Size of lawsuit filed against Northwest and plane's mfrs. by family of victim Richard Pfister noted. [Betty POLEC and HUSBAND - explain considering suit on behalf of daughter Lisa Klaft.] Settlement offered 1 family by Northwest's insurance company noted. [Attorney Melvin BELLI - predicts cases will be settled out of court for major sums.] [Analyst Tim. PETTEE - notes suits won't financially hurt Northwest.] [BELLI - explains formula used in determining settlements.] [POLEC - recalls pregnant daughter.]
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