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Pensacola Bay Plane Crash #54170

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1978
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(Studio) Govt. investigators' probe into reasons for crash into bay of National Airlines jet upon attempted landing at Pensacola, Florida, reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Pensacola Bay, Florida) Details of National Airlines jet crash into Escambia Bay given. [Survivor James RAY - describes experience.] Rescue operations by local vessels, particularly by passing barge, detailed. [Tugboat captain Glen McDONALD - describes rescue operations by barge.] [Mate Bill KENNEY - describes rescue.] Impt. of barge to survival of passengers detailed; Federal Aviation Administration approval for National flight to dispense with carrying life rafts, despite route from Miami to New Orleans over Gulf of Mexico, noted. Other details with regard to crash and reasons for it given.
REPORTER: David Snell (WLA newstape)

(Studio) Statement of National Trans. Safety Board chairperson Jim King, concerning lack of life rafts on National flight, made to reporter Bob Sirkin reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Snell, David

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