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Tenerife Plane Crash #47904

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) Survivors of Tenerife plane crash on way back to United States via Air Force transport. Cleanup and investigation of crash conts.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tenerife, Canary Island) Spanish officials at Santa Cruz airport say air traffic controls not to blame; at 1st United States and Dutch officials don't agree, but later do, as it's discovered KLM jet took off without clearance. KLM official speaks for senior Dutch inspector, not company [Cor WESTERNENG - reads statement with regard to crash and cause.] Sequence of events believed to be prior to crash, according to those hearing control-to-aircraft tapes, noted. KLM took off before Pan American off runway.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Anchor asks if anyone has talked to Pan American captain.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tenerife, Canary Island) No one has talked to Captain Victor Grubbs so it's not known what his view of accident is. Rptdly., KLM seen by others in cockpit who told captain to get off runway, but not in time.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Anchor asks with regard to clarity of language in tapes.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tenerife, Canary Island) Those who have heard tapes say there was no language problem and no urgency in tower query with regard to Pan American's position on runway. Witnesses say Dutch who have heard tapes are shocked and discouraged.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) KLM in Netherlands doesn't concede its pilot at fault. Death toll set at 575 today; survivors leave for burn treatment centers in US.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tenerife, Canary Island) Report on departure of survivors. Good care by Tenerife medical personnel noted; are commended by Air Force physician.

(Studio) 13 of Tenerife burn victims to go to San Antonio, Texas, to be treated at Brooke Army Medical Center, which has specialized in treatment of seriously burned since end of World War II. Center famous for development and use of burn butter, cream which fights infection.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Ellis, Rex;
Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry

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