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American Airlines' 1979 Crash Suit / Fear Factor #297096

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 21, 1984
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(Studio) Death toll from May 25, 1979, crash of American Airlines plane recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Chicago, Illinois) Upcoming trial on suit filed by victims' families focusing on mental anguish caused victims in knowing they were aware of their pending death examined; photos of crash shown. [Dr. Richard SUCHINSKY - notes lack of research on such suits.] Claim by family of Stephen and Carolyn Sutton and their children, killed in crash, explained; legal issues involved in suit against American Airlines and McDonnell Douglas considered. [Law professor Marshall SHAPO - isn't sure how case should be approached.] [SUCHINSKY - questions actual response of victims.]
REPORTER: Ned Potter

Reporter(s):
Potter, Ned;
Rather, Dan
Duration:
00:01:50

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