NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
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(Studio) Hd. government employee's association charges that new radar system for New York's 3 main airports doesn't work.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(NYC) Since August, air traffic controllers use 1 room to monitor all 3 airports. New equipment not working properly. [Air Controllers' Org. Herman MEYER - says planes lost to controllers when radars copes off the air. There are procedures to deal with this but it requires higher separation. Equipment takes longer time to show aircraft turning.] [FAA Walter BUECHLER - says controller always knows where planes are if breakdown occurs.] Controllers say radar failures increase chance of mid-air collision. Federal Aviation Administration says no danger if pilots and controllers use system properly.
REPORTER: Jeffrey Pond