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Newfoundland / Military Plane Crash Follow-Up #541240

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 13, 1985
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(Studio) Questions remaining unanswered about yesterday's crash of chartered plane carrying members of 101st Airborne division in Gander, Newfoundland, listed.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Gander, Newfoundland) Factors possibly related to crash and status of investigation examined; scenes shown. [Chief investigator Peter BOAG - notes extensive damage to plane's flight recorders.] [Merchant Cynthia GOODYEAR - recalls victim's mood.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Inquiry into possibility of icing on plane or other factors contributing to crash explained, discussed; illustrations shown. Questions about Arrow Air's safety and maintenance record considered. [Former Arrow Air pilot James COURT - believes airline's maintenance is substandard; explains resigning.] [Mechanic Randy STIRM - recalls poor maintenance condition of plane that crashed.] Near-crash involving same plane reviewed. [Former flight attendant Kevin HEALY - describes plane's mechanical problems.] [Former pilot Lee ADAMS - dismisses importance of unattended maintenance items; defs. Arrow Air.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Studio) Victim Frank Wheeler's family noted suffering deaths of 2 other sons and a grandchild in 3 separate accidents this year.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Fort Campbell, Kentucky) Reaction here to disaster examined; scenes shown. [Colonel Bernard NASS - explains families' difficulty in coping with disaster.] [Trace WALKER - recalls fiance Jeffrey Kee's fear of planes chartered by Army due to their poor condition.] [Christine MANION - thinks crash was preventable; resents condition under which husband Captain Edward Manion and others died.]
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Pentagon's reliance on chartered private craft to transport troops discussed; United States Air Force plane said picking up remaining 101st Airborne from Sinai. [General Duane CASSIDY - defs. practice of chartering planes.]
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) President and Nancy Reagan reported attending memorial services at Fort Campbell Monday; details given, scenes shown.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Briggs, Fred;
Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Hager, Robert;
Jones, Kenley

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