NBC Evening News for Monday, Sep 25, 1978
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(Studio) Midair collision of 727 jet and student-piloted Cessna over San Diego, California, and crash into residential area noted. Photo and diagram shown.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(San Diego, California) Details about collision of small plane and Pacific Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento and Los Angeles and subsequent crash given; jet noted as preparing to land at Lindbergh Field. Eyewitness was reporter John Britton, of NBC affiliate KCST-TV in San Diego. [BRITTON - describes scene during incident. Was filming routine story with interview of board of supervisors chairperson Lucille Moore. Reports that cameraman Steve Howell began photographing scene of crash just after it happened, before they realized danger of falling debris from jet.] Description of scene by other eyewitnesses quoted. [Michael GUSS - describes scene.] Lack of speculation at this point about cause of collision stated. National Trans. Safety Board investigation mentioned. Airline pilots' longtime complaints about approach to San Diego airport reported.
REPORTER: Don Oliver (KCST-TV newsfilm)
(Studio) Collision noted to have taken place in most dangerous flight zone; reasons stated. Pilots' contentions that area could be made safer reported Upcoming congress hearings on issue mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Pilots' statement that only present safety system to rely on in cockpit for avoiding midair collisions is human eye noted. File film shown. Pilots' request for collision avoidance system in cockpit stated; details of suggested system given. Federal Aviation Administration support system on ground reported Airline Pilots Association chgs. that Federal Aviation Administration is delaying development of either system mentioned. File tape shown. Details about danger area in flight zones given. Upcoming House hearing on situation, at which Airline Pilots Association will testify, cited.
REPORTER: James Polk
(Studio) Recap of collision/crash in San Diego given. Is noted as 1st fatal commercial crash ever for San Diego airport and 1st ever for Pacific Southwest.
REPORTER: David Brinkley