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Tenerife Plane Crash #251162

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 28, 1977
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(Studio) Death toll still uncertain in wake of Pan American-KLM Royal Dutch jet liners' crash on Tenerife in Canary Island off Moroccan coast.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tenerife, Canary Island) Investigation by experts from airlines, from US and Netherlands govts. and Spanish authorities begins to find cause for crash. Passengers who survived can add little to help. Team of US pathologists on way to Tenerife to identify bodies, 95% of which are charred beyond recognition.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) Both jets diverted to Tenerife because of explosion earlier at Las Palmas airport. (Film shown.) Though it's not known how and why accident happened, American sources reveal 1 version of events prior to crash; details noted. Pan American's pilot, copilot and engineer are among survivors and their testimony, with flight recorder, expected to help clear up mystery. Most of Pan American passengers from California and were to have cruised Mediterranean.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Friends and relatives in California await information with regard to survivors and deaths. 1 of 1st calls was to Charles Amador from son John, a survivor. [AMADOR - recites son's description of crash.] Another survivor is Joan Holt who called mother in San Diego. [Bernice BATTEN - quotes conversation with daughter.] Hardest hit is retirement community, Leisure World, which had 37 on Pan American plane; 27 reported dead. 2 of dead are Helen peters and Helen Halderson. [Resident Bill DOHERTY - community grief-stricken by deaths.] Most families have now been notified and names of dead being released.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

(Studio) President Carter has ordered United States Air Force plane from West Germany to Canary Island to evacuate 12 of most seriously injured.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Wagner, Richard

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