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Hawaii / United Airlines Fuselage Accident #120754

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii: Hattie Kauffman) Piece of fuselage reported ripping off United Airlines flight 811 out of Hawaii; details given, scenes shown of survivors back in Hawaii. [PASSENGER - expresses gratitude at being alive.] Animation of accident shown. [Three PASSENGERS - describe hole and emergency landing.] Passenger shapshots of plane shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Bettina Gregory) Likelihood that metal fatigue caused hole in fuselage of this Boeing 747 reported; animation shown. [Aviation analyst Kernan CHAISSON, second ANALYST - explain why hole was not caused by bomb or fire.] [United Airlines spokesperson Lawrence NAGIN - reviews maintenance of planes.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Jim Slade) Issue of dangers of aging aircraft featured; details given, scenes shown of Aloha Airlines plane whose fuselage burst in Apr. 1988, of Eastern Airlines plane with hole in fuselage in December 1988, and of Piedmont Aviation, Incorporated plane, which dropped an engine into field in January 1989. FAA's inspection of older planes for stress and metal fatigue recalled. [Air Transport Association Clyde KIZER - discusses actions likely to be taken.] Mandatory modifications on 747s explained. Inspection of one 727 cited as example; scenes shown. [Delta Airlines John DAVIS - explains inspections.] [KIZER - comments on older planes.]

Gregory, Bettina;
Kauffman, Hattie;
Jennings, Peter;
Slade, Jim

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