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Wildfires / Tanker Planes #705792

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jul 20, 2002
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(Studio: Bob Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Seattle & Cougar Mountain, Washington: Neal Karlinsky) The controversy over using old C-130 air tankers for fighting wildfires examined; scenes shown from June 17 of a tanker breaking apart & crashing. [Witness Scott FISHER†- describes what happened when the plane crash.] [Pilot's widow Laurie LeBERE‡, former Forest Service pilot Juan BROWN‡- oppose flying the shoddy equipment.] NTSB investigation into this week's crash noted. [ABCNews aviation analyst John NANCE†- cites maintenance problems.] [National Interagency Fire Center Alice FORBES†- defends servicing of the plane.]

Karlinsky, Neal;
Woodruff, Bob

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