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Air Traffic Delays #555133

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 14, 1987
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Los Angeles, California: Reed Galin) Criticism of FAA's move to reduce air traffic delays as potential safety risk examined; details given, scenes shown. Los Angeles air traffic control center cited as example [Controller Joe McLAUGHLIN - describes traffic handled by center's new controllers.] [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Don EARLY - disagrees that system is overtaxed.] Near-miss rate last year at Los Angeles center cited. [EARLY - doesn't believe operational errors compromise aviation safety.] Overcrowding of flights described; Aeromexico collision with private craft last August cited as example [McLAUGHLIN - describes equipment failure.] [Air Line Pilots Association spokesperson John O'BRIEN - cite pilots' concern over situation.] [McLAUGHLIN - notes FAA's catch-22.]

Chung, Connie;
Galin, Reed

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