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Plane Accidents / Georgia / Missouri / New York City #48408

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 05, 1977
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(Studio) 68 dead, resulting from crash of Southern Airways jet in Georgia on Monday Mrs. Sally Furness, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and husband embrace as plane crashes; she survives, he dies.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Dallas, Georgia) Investigators from National Transportation Safety Board look for reason for crash; is reasonably certain plane went through storm and according to last communication with pilot William McKenzie, 1 engine failed, windshield shattered, then 2nd engine failed. [Survivor Bernard BRYANT - describes experience.] Details with regard to crash noted; landing on hwy. in New Hope, Georgia, might have succeeded if wing hadn't hit power pole. [BYRANT - describes own actions.] Damages and deaths on ground noted. [MAN - describes experience.] Bodies removed from Dallas, Georgia morgue; some still not identified. (Edward note: confusion of names between this and NBC report)
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

(Studio) American Airlines plane near Saint Louis has trouble for several mins. today, but disaster averted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saint Louis, Missouri) Plane left Saint Louis en route to Los Angeles, but had engine trouble 1/2 hour out. Pilot Daniel West Fausner brings plane back safely. [MAN - says all kept composure and were super.] [2nd MAN - was worried, but crew did excellent job.] Plane's engine hasn't been found; fell out south of Columbia, Missouri; investigation conts.

(Studio) Report on crash of small plane in New York City park, short of landing at La Guardia Airport.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Murphy, Charles;
Ray, Steven;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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