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Saigon / Orphan Airlift Crashes #36986

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 04, 1975
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(Studio) C-5 plane loaded with South Vietnam orphans crashes shortly after takeoff from Saigon; orphans on way to new homes in US. Of about 300 persons aboard., perhaps 175 dead.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Film of crash shown.
REPORTER: Irv Chapman

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Survivors and victims of crash transported to 7th Day Adventist hospital near Tan Son Nhut airport. Most adult survivors of crash don't want to talk about experience.
REPORTER: Ken Kashiwahara

(No location given) Air Force investigators and surviving pilot piece together theory with regard to crash. Rear loading ramp may have blown open, causing massive decompression; possibly pieces of ramp hit and crippled tail structure. No indication ground fire plays part in tragedy; sabotage not ruled out. Representative Leo Aspin and Senator William Proxmire call for grounding of C-5: as of now, Air Force sees no reason to ground C-5.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Pentagon says orphan airlift to continue; C-5 planes likely to be used also. Children killed in crash originally scheduled to be flown out on World Airways plane, but authorities barred further loading of that plane for safety reasons.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Bergman, Jules;
Chapman, Irv;
Kashiwahara, Ken;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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