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Closeup (FAA) #51899

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 28, 1978
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(Studio) Testimony of air traffic controllers in congress hearing on collision/crash of Pacific Southwest Airlines flight and small plane over San Diego reported Special report in series on subject concerns device that might have prevented collision.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Atlantic City, New Jersey) 1974 ABC News closeup, "Crashes: the Illusion of Safety", mentioned; report at that time about existence of Ground Proximity Warning Device noted. Is said that Federal Aviation Administration ignored device for several years Device reported to have had ability to prevent crash near DC in December, 1974. Film shown. FAA's requirement of device on all airliners after repeated pressure from National Trans. Safety Board and Congress stated. Dvt. of collision avoidance system by Litchford, into which Federal Aviation Administration poured millions of dollars, never implemented and has nowbeen canceled, detailed. San Diego crash given as example of one that could have been prevented by use of system. FAA's remarks about Litchford system and plans to develop own such system reported [National Tram. Safety Board former chairperson Webster B. TODD, Junior - discusses bureaucratic problems in FAA.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Upcoming report noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Bergman, Jules;
Robinson, Max

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