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New York, New York / Ferry Crash / Operator Error #739913

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 16, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(New York: Rehema Ellis) The investigation into yesterday’s Staten Island ferry crash featured; details given about assistant captain Richard Smith†, who blacked out at the controls and tried to commit suicide after the accident; scenes shown of the wreckage; animation shown of the crash. [Survivor Robert CARROLL†- describes what happened.] [Ferry victim’s widow Osserritte ROBINSON†- comments.] [NTSB Ellen ENGLEMAN†- says it’s critical to interview the crew.] [Smith’s neighbor Stella LO BIANCO†- comments on Smith’s personality.] Smith’s involvement in a 1995 ferry accident noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Washington: Robert Hager) The human factor in transportation accidents examined; several examples of deadly accidents cited. [Former NTSB chairman Jim HALL††- says 80 percent of transportation accidents are results of human issues.] [Transportation safety consultant George RIGO‡- says more emphasis should be paid to human factors.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Ellis, Rehema;
Hager, Robert

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