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ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 11, 1977
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(Studio) 8 air controllers go on trial in Yugoslavia on charges stemming from mid-air crash of Yugoslav and British Airways jets last September Language problem may be partial cause of crash and is shared in Europe by controllers and pilots.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Madrid, Spain) [CONTROLLER - speaks French in directing traffic.] Reporter notes changes charter plane had to make in order to land at Orly Airport in Paris; for pilot, not difficult due to knowledge of language. In Yugoslav-British Airways crash, controllers charged with negligence because they gave British pilot English directions and talked to other pilot in Serbo-Croatian. At Amsterdam, Holland, airport, all commands must be in English, even to Dutch pilots. But can remain problem for pilots and controllers who haven't mastered English. [Dutch controller Hylke TEPPEMA - says it's trouble for them and pilot, if pilot doesn't know much English.] At Madrid, controllers speak English to reporter's plane's Swiss pilot, but Spanish to South American pilots. [Swiss pilot Michel PERREGAUX - understands Spanish but is problem for those who don't.]
REPORTER: John Martin

Martin, John;
Walters, Barbara

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