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F-16 #303086

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 19, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Hill AFB, UT) Allegations that F-16 fighter jet is unsafe for pilots examined; Glenn Hessel's death as result of plane's force cited as example [Maxine HESSEL - cites indications of husband's loss of consciousness.] No. F-16 crashes since United States Air Force began using plane in 1979 noted. [Captain Spence GREENDYKE - explains impact of plane's gravitational pull on pilots.] Crash rate at Hill AFB, UT, reviewed; other factors contributing to crashes discussed. [GREENDYKE - acknowledges need to remedy situation.] [Captain David RIPPETOE - comments on need for pilots to improve their handling of F-16.] [Lieutenant Colonel Steve SNITEMAN - praises craft.]
REPORTER: David Martin

Martin, David;
Rather, Dan

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