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Tenerife Plane Crash #47943

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1977
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(Studio) Death toll in Pan American-KLM plane crash on Tenerife rises to 577 as 2 more die from injuries received Remaining survivors are brought to United States via mil. transport; some taken off at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, others at El Toro and Travis AFBs' in California and most critically burned taken to Brooke Army Med. Center near San Antonio, Texas.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(San Antonio, Texas) Reporter notes details with regard to extent of injuries of patients taken to Brooke for treatment and also length of treatment expected. Edward Hess traveling with wife when accident occurred and wife is here. [HESS - feels good to be alive.]
REPORTER: Bill Stewart

(Studio) Cleanup efforts at crash site noted. Investigation with regard to cause still underway; key figure in probe is Pan American pilot Victor Grubbs, who says he's convinced it wasn't his fault.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(London, England) [Pan American copilot Robert BRAGG - describes last few moments before crash, conversation with tower, seeing KLM and crash. Says all communications done in English and were clear.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Spanish authorities agree to release control tower recordings of conversations, but all mystery with regard to communications won't be cleared up till "black boxes" from both aircraft examined.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Kennedy International Airport, NYC) Reporter explains function of "black boxes," what they record and information they store. Pan American technical operations head Captain Will Brown aides in examination of cockpit conversation recording. [BROWN - talks to control tower.] [MAN - answers Brown.] Tape played; "black box" information will tell not why, but what, happened in Tenerife crash.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) National Transp. Safety Board asks Spanish government to turn over jets' "black boxes" to United States as United States has sophisticated equipment in reading info. and Spain doesn't. Despite reports to contrary, United States doesn't have Pan American cockpit tapes.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Bergman, Jules;
Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry;
Stewart, Bill

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