NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 17, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Denver, Colorado: Roger O'Neil) Continental DC-9 black box found at crash site in Denver, Colorado, reported showing no evidence of problems prior to takeoff. Engines noted showing no problems after initial inspection; details given, scenes shown. [DC-9 designer Richard SHEVELL - says there can be no ice on wings if safety is to be insured.] Survivors' asserting there was ice on wings before takeoff mentioned. [Survivor Robert LINCK - says he saw ice on wings.] Continental DC-9 being early model without lift-facilitating devices called slats mentioned. 1985DC-9 crash in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reviewed; scenes shown. Plane's manufacturer McDonnell Douglas Corp.'s warning of ice buildup on wings discussed. United Airlines commenting it had deiced planes every 15 mins. in Denver, Colorado, noted. [Safety board chairperson James BURNETT - says no plane should take off if any ice is on plane.] Investigators shown studying crash site.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Man posing as Catholic priest reported attempting to influence families toward a particular attorney Police statement that man is wanted for fraud in Michigan noted. Man reported seen at Detroit, Michigan, crash site in August 1987.