Survivors of Wednesday's (13 January) Boeing 737 crash into the Potomac River in Washington DC, spoke on Friday (15 January) of their ordeal as investigations continued into the cause of the disaster.
GV National Transportation Safety Board meets in a motel near crash site with aircraft officials, and others. (4 SHOTS) (MUTE)
SV Leader of investigation Francis McAdams standing in snow. (MUTE)
GV PAN Officials at scene of crash. (MUTE)
CU McAdams speaking.
GV Airline being de-iced.
CU Joseph Stillie, a crash survivor, talks of ordeal.
SV Helicopter hovers above ice floes at scene of crash.
CU Don Usher, helicopter pilot, speaks.
GV PAN Press conference with 'copter pilots.
CU PAN FROM Usher TO paramedic, Gene Windsor.
CU Windsor speaks.
SV Helicopter pilot, Lennie Skutnik with family.
CU Skutnik speaks. (3 SHOTS)
GV Presidential helicopter flies over crash scene.
SV President Reagan speaks.
TRANSCRIPT: McADAMS: "Well, that definitely is an issue as to how long after the last de-icing that the aircraft was out in the open without any additional de-icing fluid being applied to it."
STILLIE: "They de-iced the airplane several times before we took off. They closed down the airport just before we departed. They came out and they de-iced that airplane at least two or three times."
USHER: "We had never been confronted with a jet fuel on the surface so the idea of a post-crash fire was always there."
WINDSOR: "There was a sixth man clinging to the wreckage and as I dropped the flotation devices he handled these devices to the other people who were clinging around him on the wreckage."
SKUTNIK: "She would've drowned if I didn't go get her, 'cos everybody else was ... I just felt I did what was my instinct, I guess. It's just in my heart, just felt real sorry for the girl."
REAGAN: "Lennie Skutnik ... nothing had picked him out particularly to be a hero but without hesitation, there he was and he saved her life."
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Background: Survivors of Wednesday's (13 January) Boeing 737 crash into the Potomac River in Washington DC, spoke on Friday (15 January) of their ordeal as investigations continued into the cause of the disaster. The National Transportation Safety Board, led by Mr. Francis McAdams, met in a motel near the crash site, and spoke to airport officials and airline representatives. In a Washington hospital, one of the crash survivors, Joseph Stillie, spoke of his escape from the wrecked airliner. At least 80 people were killed -- all but five of the plane's 79 passengers and crew and six motorists whose cars were ripped apart by the airliner as at scraped across Washington's 14th Street Bridge. President Ronald Reagan flew over the wreckage in a helicopter and later paid tribute to the heroes of the crash aftermath. He spoke of the courage of the paramedics and helicopter pilots who worked to rescue the survivors and faced the task of retrieving bodies in the freezing river.