ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 26, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.
(San Francisco, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Concern over possible pilot complacency in major airlines as result of increasingly sophisticated technology and implications for air safety examined; details given, scenes shown. [Air Line Pilots Association president Captain Henry DUFFY - notes issue must be constantly addressed.] United Airlines crash in 1978 and National Airlines incident cited as exs.; scenes shown. [NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) psychologist Dr. Clayton FOUSHEE - explains possible relationship between automation and human errors.] Northwest flight 255 crash last week in Detroit cited as example ["Aviation Wk." spokesperson Robert ROPELEWSKI - discusses ramifications of complacency issue.] Percentage of recent Delta mishaps attributed to pilot error given; over-all pilot deviation rate for 1987 so far compared on screen with same period in 1986. [Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McARTOR - gives exs.] Impact of deregulation and airline industry's growth on quality of pilots being hired noted. [Future Aviation Professionals vice president Kit DARBY - notes inexperienced pilots are now being hired.] [DUFFY - wants to keep safety standards high.] FAA's push to standardize pilot training explained. [American Airlines chief pilot George HOF - describes airline's training philosophy.] European AirBus' breakthrough in safety equipment described, demonstrated. [AirBus test pilot Gordon CORPS - explains plane's safeguards.]