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Airline Industry / Runway Safety / Computer System #606914

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 26, 1995
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Last year reported as the deadliest year for air travel; statistics given.

(Atlantic City: Robert Hager) The FAA's introduction of a soft-bed arrester that is designed to keep planes from overshooting the runway in cases of long landings and aborted takeoffs featured; scenes shown of various past accidents and other safety devices being developed.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Dawn Fratangelo) Frequent malfunctions of airport computer radar screens featured; numerous power failures of the radar systems in Chicago, New York and Miami cited. [Air Traffic Controllers Association Mark SCHOLL - says the problem is 1950s computer systems.] [FAA Denis BURKE - plays down the danger.] [Chicago controller Lauren McCORMICK - says he is quitting due to the danger.] [Secretary of Transportation Federico PENA - blames Congress.]

Fratangelo, Dawn;
Hager, Robert;
Williams, Brian

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