NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 11, 1996
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Cheyenne: Jim Avila) Death of 7-year-old pilot Jessica Dubroff, her father Lloyd and her flying instructor Joe Reid in a plane crash in Cheyenne, Wyoming, featured; footage shown of Jessica yesterday. [OFFICIAL - describes the sinking of the plane in the bad weather.] [Father Lloyd DUBROFF - comments on Jessica's trip.] [Jessica's mother Lisa Blair HATHAWAY - talks about her daughter.] [JESSICA - comments.] [Cheyenne mayor Leo PANDO - gives an emotional comment.]
(Washington: Robert Hager) Post-accident rhetoric by officials concerning Jessica's age featured. Federal Aviation Administration rules outlined. [Flying magazine editor Mac McCLELLAN - says they were skirting the rules; calls the flight a media stunt.] The bad weather in Cheyenne noted; scenes shown of other child pilots who made cross country trips. [Guinness publisher Mark YOUNG - comments on Guinness Book of Records' previous decision to stop recognizing the youngest pilot category for safety reasons.]