NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 18, 1996
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Washington: Robert Hager) The shakeup at Federal Aviation Administration due to their gross mishandling of the ValuJet plane crash debacle examined. The scapegoating of associate administrator Anthony Broderick noted. [After previously claiming ValuJet was safe, Secretary of Transportation Federico PENA - supports the decision to ground ValuJet and change the Federal Aviation Administration charter.] [FAA administrator David HINSON - says ValuJet is safe.]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Discussion of the FAA's poor handling of the situation with Maine Senator William Cohen presented. [COHEN - comments on the FAA's failure to ground ValuJet weeks before the crash when evidence raised serious safety concerns; says the Federal Aviation Administration has had serious problems for decades.] [ValuJet flight attendant Susan CLAYTON - talks about the shoddy ValuJet maintenance; says no one listened to complaints.]