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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Denver, Colorado: Peter Van Sant) Scenes shown of Denver, Colorado, Continental jetliner flight 1713 crash site. Investigation noted studying ice on wings as well as pilots' inexperience. Captain Frank Zvonek and co-pilot Lee Bruecher's flight hrs. listed on screen. [Aviation safety expert John NANCE - says this accident is fallout from airline deregulation.] Most commercial pilots reported having thousands of hrs. of experience. [National Trans. Safety Bd. James BURNETT - will look in detail at the kind of experience these men had.] Scenes of crash site shown. Continental's denial noted regarding unsafety of few flight hrs. [Continental Airlines Bruce HICKS - says it's normal to just have a few hrs.] [Aviation safety expert John GALIPAULT - says if few hrs. is normal then our national airlines system is in deep trouble.] Some Congmen. mentioned calling for investigation into flight crew qualifications. Flight recorders shown being examined to determine if human error was responsible for crash.
- Rather, Dan;
- Van Sant, Peter
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