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Copter Crash #252054

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1977
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(Studio) Federal investigators recommend emergency inspection of all copters of type which crashed on landing atop NYC's Pan American Building on Monday; also recommend more frequent inspection of copters' landing gear.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Investigating team is headed by National Transport. Safety Board. Spokesperson for Board Captain Philip Hogue, declines to say if helicopter engine should have been off at time of landing gear collapse, but says it's usually so with military copters. [HOGUE - says rotary blade disintegration is like shrapnel.] New York Airways spokesperson Ben Kocivar, whose company operates shuttle service, objects to prolonged suspension of flights. [KOCIVAR - says type of wreck could have happened anywhere.] Copter service has been controversial since beginning; objections noted. [Aviation attorney Lee KREINDLER - cites possible dangers in helicopter actually crashing onto other bldgs. and streets.] [Federal Aviation Administration safety officer Frank OLSON - notes if people not afraid of landing at Kennedy Airport, shouldn't be of landing at heliport.]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter

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