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Detroit / Northwest 255 Investigation #317162

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Aug 20, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Detroit, Michigan: Gary Reaves) Contd. findings in investigation of recent crash here of Northwest flight 255 as victims' memorial services begin examined; details given, scenes shown. [Reverend Joseph JORDAN - eulogizes victim.] Indications flight crew may have caused crash by not following standard preflight procedure explained, discussed. [Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McARTOR - thinks breakdown in crew coordination is accurate assumption.] Problem involved and implications for pilot John Maus explained, illustrated. [Former pilot Arthur WOLK - cites crew's possible distraction.] Plane's automatic warning system said repaired in January [Aeronautics expert William KAUFMAN - notes tendency to rely on computers is a problem.] [Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson John McCLURE - cautions against scapegoating crew at this time.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Condition of survivor Cecilia Cichan reported

Reaves, Gary;
Schieffer, Bob

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