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California / Plane Crash #554515

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 08, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(San Luis Obispo Cnty., California: Don Oliver) Investigators shown searching crash debris for gun after Pacific Southwest Airlines plane crash in San Luis Obispo Cnty., California; details given of disgruntled former USAir employee who allegedly made death threats. Deathtoll given. [Pvt. plane pilot Gene KATZ - describes pilot's last transmission.] One black box reported found. Former USAir employee David Burke reported fired by Raymond Thomson. FBI agents reported finding message on Burke's answering machine stating intention to board plane and murder Thomson. Burke's girlfriend noted questioned by FBI. [FBI spokesperson Richard BRETZING - discusses criminal possibilities of crash.] Officials reported continuing investigation. Airline employees noted fearing pilots were killed prior to crash.

Brokaw, Tom;
Oliver, Don

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