CBS Evening News for Thursday, Feb 05, 1976
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(Studio) House committee investigates reasons why more plane passengers don't survive survivable crashes.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Flight Safety Foundation test film shown. Many survive crashes but die because not evacuated quickly enough. Tuesday film shown. [Association Flight Attendants, safety director, Del MUTT - cites obstacles that confront survivors after crash.] Attendants say Federal Aviation Administration knows of their complaints but won't act. [Federal Aviation Administration Admin. John McLUCAS - says Federal Aviation Administration must consider several points of view.] Wednesday film shown. Committee members model plastic hoods to keep out toxic gases, which have never been manufactured [Director operations, Air Transport Association, H. Grady GATLIN - believed hood was death trap.] [Executive Vice President, A.T.A., Clifton von KANN - says primary safety effort must be in preventing accidents from occurring.] No new legislature expected. Committee wants Federal Aviation Administration to crack down on unsafe in-cabin conditions; pay attention to safety researchers; and to treat flight attendants more like crew members
REPORTER: Hal Walker
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