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C-5 Plane Crash / South Vietnam Orphan Airlift #239804

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 1975
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(Studio) C-5 Air Force plane, carrying 243 South Vietnam orphans to US, crashes near Saigon just mins. after takeoff.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Some wives of American officials agree to chaperon orphans. Plane crash shown. Helicopters transport survivors and dead to Tan Son Nhut airport; survivors rushed to nearby hosp. C-5 crew shown.
REPORTER: Murray Fromson

(Studio) Latest figures reveal 178 dead; not clear how many American wives and their children incld. in count. C-5 pilot survives. At Pentagon, sabotage not ruled out.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Cargo doors blew off C-5, causing crash. Pentagon's theory of crash explained; Air Force not sure why plane crashed; investigation underway. Critics of C-5 say plane unsafe for passenger travel. Pentagon reveals C-5 to continue being used in orphan airlift.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Pentagon experts' concern with regard to sabotage fed by doubts that blown cargo door could cause fatal damage to plane's controls. President and Mrs. Ford planned to meet doomed plane in US; Mr. Ford says he's saddened by crash, but mission of mercy to continue Pan American World Airways announces plans for special orphan airlift tomorrow of 400 children.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Fromson, Murray;
Pappas, Ike
Duration:
00:07:00

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