ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 13, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Govt. investigation of safety practices of Texas Air Corp., which owns Eastern, Continental and other airlines, reported Report introduced.
(DC: Steve Shepard) Announcement by Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McArtor of fines against Eastern Airlines, Incorporated, for recurring safety violations reported; scenes shown. [McARTOR - comments.] [Eastern Airlines president Phil BAKES - talks about rebuilding Eastern.] [Trans. Secretary James BURNLEY - discusses investigation of Texas Air.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(NYC: John Martin) History of Eastern Airlines reviewed; historical film shown; Captain Eddie Rickenbacker mentioned. [PASSENGER - prefers other airlines to Eastern.] TV ad featuring then-pres. Frank Borman shown. Sale of Eastern to busman. Frank Lorenzo, of Texas Air, recalled. [Texas Air pres. LORENZO - talks about creating the airlines for the 1990s.] Fin. problems facing airlines noted. [Airline industry analyst Tim. PETTEE - discusses Texas Air's assets.] Lorenzo's cost-cutting efforts detailed. [Union leader Charles BRYAN - says industry is on edge of number of tragedies.] [LORENZO - discusses safety.] Thrust of Federal Aviation Administration investigation of Texas Air's service fitness noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Response of Airline Passengers Association to government action reported