NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 26, 1978
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(Studio) New information on San Diego plane collision/crash noted; possibility that another Cessna plane was in area and that jet pilot saw wrong Cessna in acknowledging warning of air controllers reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(San Diego, California) Investigators' attempts to piece planes together stated. [MAN - describes part of plane.] Diagram shown and details given of speculation with regard to collision of 2 planes. Preparation for landing by Pacific Southwest Airlines flight today mentioned. Control tower tapes of warning to Cessna and garbled response noted. Amateur photographer's photo, printed in "San Diego Union" newspaper, described. [National Trans. Safety Board spokesperson Philip HOGUE - discusses tower clearances given PSA flight and lack of' any given Cessna.] Hogue's meeting with San Diego Mayor Pete Wilson mentioned. Contd. search and recovery efforts reported Upcoming public hearing on crash and safety of San Diego airport stated. Lindbergh Field mentioned.
REPORTER: Don Oliver (KCST-TV news film, San Diego)
(Studio) Present dependence of pilots on own viewing, with help from ground control, in sighting other planes stated. Airline pilots' demands for electronic warning system reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Federal Aviation Administration development of airborne collision avoidance system noted. Testimony to House hearing by airline pilots that system doesn't work and that Federal Aviation Administration still plans to cause pilot to have to watch for self stated. [Airline Pilots Association president John O'DONNELL - says accidents will continue as long as this method is used.] [Representative Toby MOFFETT - thinks it incredible that airline passengers' safety is left to man looking out window.] [O'DONNELL - says Federal Aviation Administration won't move until certain number of people have been killed.] Pilots' assessment that FAA-developed anticollision system wouldn't have saved Monday's crash because it's not useful in busy area reported O'Donnell's call for resignation of Federal Aviation Administration chief Langhorne Bond mentioned. [BOND - says air- or ground-based system dispute has gone on for some time and that FAA is-working on system to be used in both places.] Pilots' response to this given.
REPORTER: James Polk
(Studio) Investigator Philip Hogue's report of calm with which Pacific Southwest Airlines pilot said plane was going down and answer from tower described.
REPORTER: John Chancellor