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Tenerife Plane Crash #251235

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1977
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(Studio) There's no doubt KLM plane took off without clearance, causing crash with Pan American jet on Tenerife, but question is why.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tenerife, Canary Island) Spanish authorities say KLM pilot made mistake. [KLM spokesperson Cor WESTERNENG - says recordings show no definite clearance given, but KLM can't believe captain would have done so.] KLM says Pan American jet shouldn't have been on runway, but Pan American Vice President William Waltrip says his pilot observed international flight regulations. [WALTRIP - believes Pan American pilot acted correctly in terms of taxi instructions.] What went on in KLM cockpit won't be known till flight recordings examined. Cleanup process noted. Memorial service for victims held.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) United States Air Force transport brings some survivors to US; 2 more have died, bringing total to 577. 1st stop for plane today is McGuire AFB, New Jersey; Pan American pilot Victor Grubbs to go to army hospital. In interview with Ap, Grubbs talks about moment of crash; Grubbs' statements quoted. Next 2 stops for transport plane are Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and El Toro Marine Air Base in California.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Antonio, Texas) Most seriously burned patients are taken to Brooke Army Med. Center for treatment. 1 patient remarks survivors' attitudes not morbid or sad, but glad to be on way home. [Center physician Major Scott McDOUGAL - notes attitudes of patients.] Length of recovery process noted.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg

(Irvine, California) Report on arrival at air base near Los Angeles of remaining airborne survivors. [Survivor's relative Candace WHITE - says mother-in-law 1st reported dead.] [Survivor's daughter Bonnie McCREARY - says it's miracle any one got out from what parents told her.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow

Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, Harold;
Engberg, Eric;
McLaughlin, Bill

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