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San Diego Plane Collision / Congressional Hearings #259721

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 26, 1978
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(Studio) Further details about collision/crash of pacific Southwest airliner and small plane at San Diego noted. Death toll reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Diego, California) National Trans. Safety Board members characterization of disaster as worst ever in United States aviation history stated. Attempts to 1st piece Cessna together noted. Contd. search and recovery efforts for victims mentioned. Mable Goodding reported as survivor, while neighbor died; Mrs. Goodding's request just night before that elderly friend stay with own family in Poway, California, stated. [Mrs. GOODDING - reports conversation with late neighbor.] Federal Aviation Administration efforts at site outlined. [MAN - speaks on walkie-talkie.] Today's Pacific Southwest Airlines flight 182 cited as heading on time for Lindbergh Field.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

(Studio) Details about flight pattern of both planes and contacts with San Diego control tower given. Info. learned that investigators look into possibility that Cessna didn't hear warning of impending collision because it switched radio frequencies stated. Other possibility that 3rd plane was in area and confused jet pilot outlined. Airports in San Diego area listed. Amt. of radio frequency switching in San Diego area and pilots' complaints about difficulty of landing at Lindbergh noted. [Unidentified PILOT - thinks work load on landing at any airport is enough without having to be concerned about small planes.] Pacific Southwest Airlines pilot James McFeron's last-min. statements revealed by investigators. [Trans. Safety Board spokesperson Philip HOGUE - quotes pilot's remarks and tower answer. Says there was no panic.]
REPORTER: Barry Petersen

(Studio) Testimony of Airline Pilots Association president to House hearing reported Association pres. John O'Donnell's chgs. against Federal Aviation Administration for delay in improving air collision avoidance system outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Federal Aviation Administration figs. on near-misses of planes in United States for 1976-78 given; details given. Is noted that this doesn't accurately describe safety of skies because rpting. system is voluntary. Other details about rpting. near-misses and types of planes most frequently involved listed.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

(Studio) No. of airline carriers and small planes fighting for air space noted. Testimony in House with regard to present best way to avoid collisions stated. Report is on Federal Aviation Administration check of one type of anticollision device.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tampa, Florida) Details given about collision avoidance system developed over past 16 years and now being tested by Aerosonic Corporation in its corporate planes. Federal Aviation Administration testing of device noted. Possibility that it will soon be on market reported Disbelief of many aviation experts that device could have prevented San Diego crash stated.
REPORTER: Jim West (WTVT, Tampa)

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry;
Morton, Bruce;
Petersen, Barry;
West, Jim
Duration:
00:09:30

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