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Plane Crash #251164

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 28, 1977
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(Studio) Could such accident as took place on Tenerife happen here?
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Report on precautions taken against such accident and chances of it happening at Kennedy International Airport. [Tower chief Walter MITCHELL - says with people working traffic and flying planes there can be no guarantee of freedom from error, but all has been done that can be to keep it safe.] Use of ground radar, called airport surveillance detection equipment (ASDE), is expensive and operators must be experienced, so isn't in general use in world.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) Fire is what did damage to Pan American jet. Federal Aviation Administration regards fire as greatest hazard for survivors of impact.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pamona, New Jersey) (Federal Aviation Administration tests shown.) problems of fire consuming plane after initial impact noted. [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Lawrence LANGWEIL - heat of fire prevents rescue efforts and people must get out in 1-2 mins.] Tests on materials to withstand heat and fire conts. at National Aviation Experimental Center in New Jersey. Smaller jets have been tested, but tests just beginning on larger ones. [LANGWEIL - there's not as much test information on big jets as they'd like. now.] Officials say in accident such as Tenerife crash, it's almost impossible to save passengers.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Studio) Lloyd's of London rings bell each time 1 of its insured ships goes down, but not for planes.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(London, England) Report on expected insurance claims from crash. [Lloyd's spokesperson John HEWITT - notes possible lengths of time to get to settlements.] Ins. rates for large passenger planes may now be raised.
REPORTER: Susan Peterson

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter;
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Peterson, Susan

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