CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 31, 1979
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(Studio) New insight into Friday's DC-10 crash announced; incring. concern by authority with regard to general safety of DC-10s cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Results given of FAA-required inspections of DC-10s; discovery of crack in critical assembly by United Airlines mechanic and prognosis had crack not been found stated. Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson quoted with regard to DC-10 having worst record of unsafe engine mounts among jumbo jets; details given. Boeing 747 and Lockheed 1011 compared to DC-10 Hearing with regard to last Friday's crash reported [Accident investigator Michael MARX - says there's no evidence that bolt was cause, but rather that bolt broke as result.] Discovery of metal weakness and crack in engine support cited; details given. [National Trans. Safety Bd. Philip HOGUE - asks what would prevent reoccurrence.] [Investigator Frank TAYLOR - responds.] Taylor quoted with regard to investigation into design problem of DC-10 and possible grounding of aircraft.[HOGUE - would not fly DC-10 as passenger at this time; explains.] Federal Aviation Administration administration Langhorne Bond quoted.
REPORTER: Richard Roth