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Airline Safety #310159

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Recent discovery that Federal Aviation Administration administration Don. Engen personally intervened on behalf of Eastern Air Lines with Defense Department inspectors who had ruled airline unfit for military flights recalled; dirs. of Eastern's unions reported accusing airline of selling spare parts to raise funds. Eastern said acknowledging increase in maintenance-related flight delays and cancellations.

(Miami, Florida: Peter Van Sant) Incr. frequency of Eastern's maintenance- related delays and cancellations examined; exs. given. [PASSENGERS - criticize Eastern.] Delta's cancellation rate due to maintenance problems compared. [Aviation Safety Institution spokesperson John GALIPAULT - notes Eastern's growing problems.] Severity of Eastern's maintenance problems outlined on screen, discussed. [Eastern spokesperson Jerry COSLEY - defs. company]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Federal Aviation Administration reported setting deadline for Eastern's payment of fine for safety and maintenance violations; details given. Engen's testimony before Congress today quoted.

Rather, Dan;
Van Sant, Peter

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