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Air Traffic Controllers' Strike #73254

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 18, 1981
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(Studio) Safety issue noted prevailing during current air traffic controllers' strike.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) National Trans. Safety Bd. reported investigating safety of flying. [Bd. spokesperson Elwood DRIVER - explains board's motive.] Trans. Secretary Drew Lewis reported announcing separate investigation by Flight Safety Fndn. in effort to assuage international controllers. [LEWIS - comments.] Memorandums of Air Line pilots Association criticizing safety measures outlined on screen; PATCO claims of large number of near-misses noted. [Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson J. Lynn HELMS - can't confirm any near-misses.] Hearings for controllers who claim they were forced by union to strike discussed; union memo threatening non-striking members with job loss quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Gregory, Bettina;
Reynolds, Frank

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