ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 24, 1976
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(Studio) Joint Yugoslav-West German commission says an error by an air traffic controller led to midair collision of 2 jets over Yugoslavia in September Casualties noted. Pressure on controllers noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Atlanta, Georgia) Problems of air-traffic controller noted. Atlanta center known as "pressure cooker" where 500 controllers work. Federal Aviation Administration medical studies noted. [Director of Federal Aviation Administration southern region, Philip SWATEK - notes stresses of job and of getting human beings to fit into such a demanding job and to continue on job.] Federal Aviation Administration now concerned over exploitation of a loophole. Details noted. FBI now investigating for possible fraudulent practices. [Atlanta psy- chiatrist Milton BERGER - says work conditions can be considerably improved for air controllers. Job is very stressful; morale is very low; consequently, attrition rate is very high.] [Senior Vice President of controllers union PATCO, David SEGAL - thinks Federal Aviation Administration would like to reduce amount of claims being filed. Reasons noted.] Details of problems with loophole, stress on controllers and shortage of controllers noted.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman