NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 06, 1979
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(Studio) Details given of FAA's indefinite grounding of all American operated DC-10s and barring of foreign DC-10s from using United States air space; most foreign airlines rptdly. grounding their DC-10s.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Discovery by American Airlines in San Francisco of 2 cracks in engine mounts of DC-10s said deciding factor in prompting Federal Aviation Administration to ground all such planes; Federal Aviation Administration administration Langhorne Bond quoted with regard to newest discovery and possible design problem in engine mounts. [BOND - discusses situation.) Necessity for McDonnell Douglas to prove safety of planes before grounding is lifted noted. [BOND - comments.] Judge Aubrey Robinson, Junior, quoted with regard to Federal Aviation Administration handling of affair.
REPORTER: Bob Kur Unsigned sketches
(DC) Federal Aviation Administration actions following May 25th accident recalled, listed; Bond quoted. National Trans. Safety Bd. mentioned. Criticism of Federal Aviation Administration examined.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell
(NYC) Importance of DC-10s to United States air industry cited; situation at Los Angeles airport with regard to passenger confusion featured. [AGENT - makes arrangements for passenger.] Efforts by United Airlines to reroute passengers at O'Hare and Newark airports reported [AGENT - asks if anyone would take Amtrak.] [Brian BRINIG - comments.] [Travel agent Rochelle POTOK - reassures customer with regard to safety.] Possible economic effect of DC-10 grounding on summer charter business cited.
REPORTER: Dianne Wildman
(London, England) Grounding of DC-10s by most foreign govts. after FAA decision reported; hardest hit said to be Laker Airways. [Sir Freddie LAKER - comments.] Problems faced by stranded passengers outlined. [LAKER - wouldn't be able to replace DC-10s for 4 years]
REPORTER: Steve Mallory
(Long Beach, California) Response to Federal Aviation Administration action by McDonnell Douglas reported; company spokesperson Ray Towne quoted. [TOWNE - comments on possibility that maintenance procedures caused cracks; explains.] No. of airlines using DC-10s, include order by Varig, Brazilian airlines, for more last week, noted. McDonnell Douglas film shown. [Aviation consultant Selig ALTSCHUL - notes effects on industry and airlines of grounding.] [MAN - hopes he doesn't get laid off.] Drop in McDonnell Douglas stock since crash cited; company reported continuing to manufacturer plane.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff
(Studio) Safety record of commercial airlines noted; statistics given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor