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Detroit / Northwest 255 Investigation #317176

CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 21, 1987
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Detroit, Michigan: Gary Reaves) Contd. investigation into cause of Northwest flight 255 crash here 5 days ago examined; details given, scenes shown. [National Trans. Safety Bd. spokesperson John LAUBER - notes probe conts.] Contradictory evidence regarding plane's wing flaps outlined. [Aviation safety advocate John NANCE - cites difficulty in determining cause of complex crashes.] [Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McARTOR - wants to make sure pilots are adequately trained.] Implications of apparent failure of plane's warning system considered. [Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson Don McCLURE - notes broad implications of system's possible failure.] [LAUBER - explains investigative process.] Memorial services, include that for basketball player Nick Vanos, said continuing; scenes shown.

(Atlanta, Georgia: Peter Van Sant) Implications of Northwest 255 crash for airline industry's failure to develop less flammable fuels and other means of protecting passengers from fires in survivable crashes examined; inability to determine cause of death of passengers at this time noted; scenes shown. [NTSB spokesperson John LAUBER - cites need to complete medical evaluations.] [Aviation safety expert Wayne WILLIAMS - believes many lived through impact only to burn to death.] [Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson John O'BRIEN - thinks fuel research is on hold.] Current fuel-tank design on commercial jetliners and proposed changes illustrated, explained. [WILLIAMS - considers no. killed in crash fires unacceptable.] Failure of FAA's fuel additive test recalled, shown. [Aircraft survival expert Sharon BARTHELMESS - cites possible need to develop crash-resistant fuel tanks.]

Reaves, Gary;
Van Sant, Peter;
Schieffer, Bob

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