× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Galaxy Airlines #94980

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 20, 1985
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) Circumstances surrounding Galaxy Airline crash in Reno, NV, on January 21, 1985, reviewed; death toll recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Questions surrounding CAB's granting of flight certificate to Galaxy Airlines president Phillip Sheridan, former airline mechanic, in light of airline's poor safety record examined; problems encountered on Galaxy flight 203 by Jesse Jackson's 1984 campaign, same plane's crash in Reno and another Galaxy emergency landing in Georgia on January 29, 1985, reviewed. Films shown. [SHERIDAN - recalls his aviation ambitions.] Before starting Galaxy, Sheridan noted operating Consolidated Caribbean Incorporated, Consolidated Components Incorporated and CCI Technical Services Incorporated, all variously called CCI. [SHERIDAN - denies CCI has any relationship with Galaxy.] Lawsuits all three CCI companies were involved in review. [SHERIDAN - denies economy viability is related to ability to operate safe airlines.] [Representative James OBERSTAR - disagrees; feels airline's financial capability is directly related to its performance and safety.] Aviation experts' analysis of connection between fins. and safe operations of Lockheed Electras noted; Electras crashes and resulting death tolls since 1959 recalled. Electras, while considered reliable craft, said requiring special, and expensive, maintenance for safe operation, details given. [Camair vice president Michael LANDERS - ests. cost of necessary propeller overhauls on Electras.] [Aviation Safety Institution spokesperson John GALIPAULT - recalls incident in which Galaxy had to rent propeller from another airline to complete its flight schedule.] Govt. noted allowing Galaxy to reinstall defective propeller after rental propeller was returned and granting Galaxy second maintenance extension; Reno crash recalled occurring day before extension expired. [SHERIDAN - claims investigations detected no faults in propellers.] [GALIPAULT - explains his perception of corollary between safety and financial capability illustrated by Galaxy's lack of back-up propeller system.] CAB, responsible for determining airlines' financial ability to operate safely, said acknowledging CCI's precarious financial condition in July 1983 internal memo; portions quoted on screen. CAB, regardless of its July findings, reported granting Galaxy charter 3 weeks from memo date. [SHERIDAN - uses analogy to defense co.] Civil Aeronautics Board official who approved Galaxy charter quoted on screen as basing charter approval on Sheridan's alleged lack of involvement in CCI at the time; court documents indicating otherwise shown, discussed. [OBERSTAR - feels Civil Aeronautics Board certificate should not have been issued and that Galaxy's financial condition should have been reviewed.] House aviation subcommittee mentioned currently investigating.
REPORTER: Peter Lance

Jennings, Peter;
Lance, Peter

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.