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Japan / Hawaii / Air Safety #321280

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 02, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introd.

(Los Angeles, California: Terry Drinkwater) Engine failure reported aboard United Airlines jet en route to Tokyo, Japan; details given, scenes shown. Survivor quoted with regard to fear of death. [SURVIVORS - (thru translator) describe ordeal.] Plane's problems illustration Pilot noted alerting airport officials to be prepared for worst; pilot mentioned landing safely. Japanese investigators and safety experts quoted. [Ex-747 pilot Jack BURKE - praises pilot.] Engine failure of this nature noted rarity.

(Kahulu, Hawaii: Jerry Bowen) Experts reported finding evidence of metal fatigue in Aloha airliner's fuselage; details given, scenes shown. FAA records noted indicating plane had record of corrosion and cracking. Investigators quoted with regard to Hawaii humidity and corrosion. Cargo door noted preventing plane from cracking completely. [National Trans. Safety Bd. spokesperson Joseph NALL - comments on landing.] Co-pilot Mimi Tompkins@ quoted. [NALL - comments on Tompkins' radio message to control tower.] Jet noted holding together despite Tompkins predictions. Federal Aviation Administration noted inspecting other Aloha jets in Hawaii.

Bowen, Jerry;
Drinkwater, Terry;
Rather, Dan

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