CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) Spanish and Dutch authorities in Tenerife conclude KLM Royal Dutch airliner didn't have takeoff clearance when it crashed with Pan American jet on Sunday In Amsterdam, KLM spokesperson says conclusion unbelievable; in Tenerife, Dutch investigator says control tower tape recording shows Pan American missed runway turnoff, but Pan American spokesperson in New York City says it's not so and would have no relevance if it were.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tenerife, Canary Island) Details with regard to crash as reconstructed by Spanish and Dutch investigators noted. Pan American employees go to scene to look for flight recorder. [Flight engineer John COOPER - says recorder near fuel flow transmitter.] [Pan American operations manager Juan MURILLO - says crash was awful.] Survivors' most vivid memory is getting out of burning plane. [Richard SINNETT - describes experience.] [Bennett REYNOLDS - describes experience.] Air Force transport plane arrives to take survivors to US, some to burn center for treatment.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
(Studio) 56 of 68 survivors on way to McGuire AFB, New Jersey, and most critically burned to be transferred to Brooke Army Med. Center near San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in burn treatment.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(San Antonio, Texas) Burn is most severe injury body can take and person still live; medical procedure to keep patient alive and to treat him noted. [Army burn unit commander Colonel Basil PRUITT - notes special treatment available at burn centers and not elsewhere.] Brooke, 1 of few burn centers in existence, is military unit, but often called on for civilian emergencies. Brooke specializes in techniques for air transport of victims, learned in Vietnam war.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg
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