ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 06, 1979
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(Studio) Grounding of all DC-10s flown by American carriers and prohibition of all for. DC-10s from entering United States air space reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(NYC) Discovery of new crack in engine mount of DC-10 being inspected in San Francisco during routine 100-hr. inspection said factor prompting today's grounding; diagrams, films shown. Criticism of FAA's handling of Chicago crash by National Trans. Safety Bd. outlined; 3 partial groundings prior to today's listed, detailed on screen. Revocation of DC-10s' certification said 1st time such event has occurred; McDonnell Douglas response cited. [McDonnell Douglas Gerry MEYERS - discusses findings of inspections.] American Airlines response given.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(DC) Federal Aviation Administration administration Langhorne Bond quoted with regard to agency's ignorance of cause of cracks. [BOND - comments.] Grounding decision said remaining in force indefinitely. Grounding also noted ordered by federal judge Aubrey Robinson; details given.
REPORTER: Vic Ratner Artist: Freda Reiter
(Studio) Confusion to passengers from grounding examined; O'Hare International Airport featured.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Los Angeles, California) Situation at Los Angeles International Airport due to DC-10 grounding examined; Continental Air Lines' cancellations and passengers' problems mentioned. [American Airlines general manager Stephen WOLF - comments.] Attempts by American to reshuffle passengers noted. DC-10s cited as only jumbo jets operated by Western and Continental airlines.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
(London, England) Most international airlines reported halting DC-10 flights even though Federal Aviation Administration grounding doesn't affect them; situation at British Caledonia Airlines given as example Films shown. Impact of grounding on Laker Airways outlined. [Airline president Sir Freddie LAKER - comments on DC-10.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs