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Special (Tenerife Crash: Copilot Interview) #493046

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 01, 1977
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(Studio) Live interview with Pan American copilot Robert Bragg who survived Pan Am-KLM collision on Tenerife in Canary Island Anchor intros. Bragg; recaps events and instructions to planes prior to crash. (Model of planes and runway used.) [BRAGG - explains instructions 2 jets had and positions of ea.; then describes what he saw as KLM came towards and hit Pan American] Anchor asks with regard to Bragg's thoughts on seeing KLM coming toward them. [BRAGG - couldn't believe it; says they had been told weather conditions bad and some lights on runway out; captain had intended to go to end of runway and wait till weather cleared.] Anchor notes experience of KLM pilot; asks how accident could happen. [BRAGG - doesn't know; no takeoff clearance given to KLM.] Anchor asks about language, English pronunciation, of controller. [BRAGG - says English used at all international airports and controller understandable.] Anchor asks if brief interruption of radio communication possible. [BRAGG - doesn't believe so; cites conversations with tower and of tower with KLM. Can't understand why KLM pilot didn't hear Pan American say they were still on runway.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John

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