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747s #303751

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 23, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Atlanta, Georgia) Controversy over FAA's approval of airlines' request to eliminate some emergency exit doors on 747s examined; films shown. [Flight Attendants Association spokesperson Matthew FINUCANE - feels safety will be inhibited by fewer doors.] Issue of passenger escape from burning plane noted basis of controversy; Air Canada's fire in 1983 cited as example [June 1983, survivor Lisa ENRICH - describes experience.] [Consultant Sharon BARTHEL - notes findings on victims of Air Canada fire.] Internal criticism of Federal Aviation Administration decision quoted. [Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson John O'BRIEN - thinks decision is mistake; explains.] Federal Aviation Administration defense of removing emergency exits quoted on screen. [Kevin SHERRY - recalls recent emergency evacuation of 747.] Econ. factors involved in removing doors explained; British Airways cited as example
REPORTER: Peter Van Sant

Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter

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