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Kansas City / Hotel Disaster #278347

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Jul 18, 1981
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(Studio) Current death toll from Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel disaster reported.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Kansas City, Missouri) Circumstances surrounding last night's collapse of suspended walkways in hotel examined; films shown. [John DAVIS, Karyl HILL, Ed BAILEY - recall scene.] [Police sergeant Jim TREECE - notes problem in rescue effort.] [Medic John ECKLUND - describes mutilation of victims.] [Mike VAILLE - comments on effort to find relatives.]

(Kansas City, Missouri) Hotel's opening last year recalled; films shown. [Mayor Richard BERKLEY - questions cause of walkways' collapse.] Possibility that harmonic stress from dancing on catwalks caused their collapse considered. [WITNESS - says hotel encouraged dancing everywhere.] [Hyatt pres. Patrick FOLEY - claims catwalks should have held despite number occupying the space.] [Hyatt Hotels Corporation vice president James HOWARD - defs. structural integrity of building] Death of worker during hotel's construction recalled. [FOLEY - dismisses link between that death and last night's disaster.] [City attorney Aaron WILSON - notes unanswered questions.]
REPORTER: Derrick Blakely, Artist: Patty Lies

(Studio) Collapse of roof on Kemper Arena in Kansas City in June, 1979, recalled; details given, films shown.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Blakely, Derrick;
Faw, Bob;
Schieffer, Bob

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