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(Studio: Dan Rather) Questions about general airline safety noted raised by December 1985 crash of Arrow Air military charter plane and military inspectors' rating of Eastern Airlines as unfit for charter flights.
(DC: Peter Van Sant) Criticism of Defense Department's ignorance of Arrow Air's poor maintenance history after Newfoundland crash recalled; basis of Pentagon's new crackdown on chartering airlines quoted on screen. Defense Department's apparent violation of new policy with Eastern Airlines discussed; no. maintenance and safety violations by Eastern cited by Federal Aviation Administration mentioned. Army inspection findings of Eastern quoted on screen. [Federal Aviation Administration administration Don. ENGEN - explains guaranteeing Eastern's safety to Army in writing.] [Representative Guy MOLINARI - criticizes Army's reversal of position.] Possible econs. involved in FAA's intervention on behalf of Eastern explained. [Ind. analyst Hans PLICKERT - claims Eastern could have gone bankrupt had Federal Aviation Administration not intervened.]
- Rather, Dan;
- Van Sant, Peter
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