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Plane Accidents / Georgia / New York City / Missouri #493402

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 05, 1977
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(Studio) Hail storm may have caused engines to fail, causing crash of Southern Airways jet Monday in Georgia.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Pilot William McKenzie attempted highway landing; possibly could have made it if plane hadn't hit Newman's Grocery; crash occurred near Atlanta.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Atlanta, Georgia) Details of crash cited; only few survived. [Bernard BRYAN - describes experience.] 1 survivor is Don Foster, who is licensed pilot and believes hail drowned out engines. [FOSTER - describes storm and engine failure.] Inspection head says heavy rain or hail could cause engine failure. [National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Francis McADAMS - says pilot might not have known weather to be so intense as it was.] Airline spokesperson blames sudden violent storm, not detected by radar, for crash; investigators say so far nothing known to believe crash preventable. (Edward note: confusion of names between this and ABC report)
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) Small plane crashes in New York City park, short of LaGuardia Airport today; 7 die and 1 injured. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Disaster averted in Saint Louis when American Airlines pilot safely lands plane that had lost 1 engine.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Jones, Kenley

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