This program is 29 minutes long
(Kingston, Jamaica: Kerry Sanders) The plane crash reviewed; scenes from the site and animation of the plane skidding off the runway in the rain shown. [Passengers WOMAN, Natalie HENDRICKS, Paul MOUTETTE- describe what happened.] [NBC aviation analyst Mark ROSENKER- notes the risk of hydroplaning.] [The Weather Channel’s Todd SANTOS- comments on the weather conditions.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Map of flights in the air over the US shown.
(Brussels: Tom Costello) The improved design of the Boeing 737 that allowed all of the passengers to survive featured; other examples of crashes where passengers walked away cited; details given about flight attendant training. [Pilot John COX – outlines improvements.] [FAA chief cabin safety scientist Mac McLEAN- demonstrates how to get out of the plane.]
(Chicago: John Yang) The impact of the winter storm featured; scenes shown of snow in Arizona and Kansas; AAA prediction on stranded motorists cited; details given about travel problems on the roads, on the rails and in the air. [Driver Tracey KEMPF, air passenger Jennifer HOFFMAN, train traveler Paul MELIA, Rochester, Minnesota resident Stacy DORSEY- comment.] [South Dakota Governor Mike ROUNDS, AAA Beth MOSHER- offer travel warnings.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Maple Grove, Minnesota: Mike Seidel) The holiday weather forecast presented; maps shown.
(Capitol: Kelly O’Donnell) Tomorrow’s historic Christmas Eve morning vote on the Senate health care reform bill featured. [President OBAMA – comments on the omission of a public option.]
(Rio de Janeiro: Jeff Rossen) The impending reunion in Brazil of David Goldman with his son Sean after a 5-year custody battle featured; details recalled about the case.
(Ft. Mill, South Carolina: Michelle Kosinski) The efforts of a South Carolina community to bring home for Christmas their local National Guard unit, who are training in Wisconsin for deployment to Afghanistan, because the military doesn’t pay for their transportation featured. [BARBER, Marine veteran Jim HILL – comment on bringing them home.] [Lowe’s store manager Tom HOLBROOK- comments on the Lowe’s corporation pitching in to make up the shortfall.] [National GUARDSMAN, BOY – react.]