ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 23, 1977
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(Studio) Trans. Secretary Brock Adams rules Concorde isn't danger to health and safety of Americans, so federal government approves supersonic transport service to DC, as well as other United States cities from New York City to Honolulu. This doesn't mean Concorde will be landing in these cities soon.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(No location given) Govt. approval of Concorde gives it permanent landing rights in DC, NYC, where local court battles block it at present, and perhaps 11 other United States cities; these listed. Some of proposed landing sites welcome SST, others oppose it. [Representative James SCHEUER - says those who will be adversely affected by noise entitled to protection also.] Adams says local communities can pass ordinances to ban SST, but only if they also ban older, noisier 707's and DC-8's. [ADAMS - notes if such action is taken by local authorities, it shows opposition to anything above a particular noise level.] Diplomatic pressure put on president Carter to approve supersonic transport by British during May economy summit and by French during Prime Min. Barre's recent visit, noted. Liabilities of Concorde cited; may mean no more than present 16 will be built.
REPORTER: Vic Ratner
(Paris, France) When 16th Concorde, now in product, is finished next summer, British plant will close and workers will lose jobs. Britain doesn't want to build more and feels plane was mistake, so Adams' decision with regard to flight in United States will have no effect. Reasons for Concorde's impracticality noted. French reached same calculations as British and also plan to discont. product, but have never admitted plane was mistake. Adams' decision may be seen as moral victory, but one French official's immediate reaction is to criticize United States decision, because it provides that all future Concordes meet present strict noise standards.
REPORTER: Jack Smith