CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 04, 1976
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(Studio) Pan American World Airways, and 4 other firms indicted by federal grand jury in fatal air crash involving hazardous cargo. Pan American plead no contest, as did 2 shipping companies and National Semiconductor Corporation Santini Bros., another shipper,pleads not guilty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) 11-3-73 film of air crash shown. Pan American jet crashes en route from New York City to Scotland; crew killed. Improperly packed nitric acid said cause of crash. [US attorney ,E. District, David TRAGER - explains action of jury. Material said improperly packed by Santini Bros.] Fines levied. Negligence in handling dangerous cargo said widespread in air freight ind. Passenger aircraft also carry such cargo. Chart of injuries from hazardous cargo shown. Federal Aviation Administration does not believe major risks involved. [Director Flight Standards Federal Aviation Administration Richard SKULLY - cites good record in materials handling.] [Director Hazardous Materials Air Lime Pilots Association James ECKOLS - says experience is bad.] Many believe hazardous cargo should be banned from passenger planes. [ECKOLS - questions body-count approach to problem.] Cargo inspection chart shown. [Aviation inspector, FAA, Robert SAYERS - believes inspectors should just spot check.] [Chairperson Govt. Operations Commission Representative Jack BROOKS - believes inspectors should take task more seriously.] Federal Aviation Administration says problem in hand; critics say, not so. Passengers must wonder.
REPORTER: David Culhane