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Denver, Colorado / Airplane Accident #553681

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 16, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Denver, Colorado: Roger O'Neil) Scenes of Continental jetliner flight 1713 wreckage shown; details given. Wingflaps said set correctly. Federal Aviation Administration assertion that plane was deiced just mins. prior to takeoff due to snowy weather noted. [Vice President Continental Airlines Bruce HICKS - says plane was definitely deiced.] Runway crosswinds said not factor in crash. [Airport spokesperson Richard BOULWARE - says the winds were coming from the North and that is why that particular runway was used.] [Survivor Robert LINCK - says the whole event happened in seconds.] Crash depicted and discussed. [Observing PASSENGERS - describe what they saw.] [Survivor Dr. Fred HELPENSELL - says he kept thinking he was going to die.] Plane's black boxes shown being handled in Washington, DC before studies begin. Scenes of wreckage shown.

(Boise, ID: George Lewis) Survivors shown going home to Boise, ID, and family members going to Denver, Colorado, to identify dead. [WOMAN - says her son had sustained burns but no one knows where her husband is now.] Melba, ID, community said devastated by loss of students and faculty members returning from FFA convention in Kansas City, Missouri; details given, scenes shown. [GIRLS - talk about the loss of their friends.] Scenes of grieving students shown.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Lewis, George;
O'Neil, Roger
Duration:
00:04:10

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