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WASHINGTON, D. C. (September 2, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---Guam's representative in Washington, Robert Underwood, says a preliminary U.S. National Transportation Safety Board report on the cause of the August 6 Korean Air crash that killed over 220 persons minutes before landing in the U.S. Pacific territory, will be made public within 60 to 90 days.

At a weekend news briefing, Underwood said he is "very concerned" about the treatment Guam is receiving in the Korean media and its affect "on tourism and the general image of Guam."

The congressman stressed that it is important that Korea have access to accurate information about the crash to dispel a "growing perception among the Korean public that Guam is not safe to visit."

Another of the tragic dimensions of the crash, Underwood said, was "the lack of a clear plan on the part of Korean Air to deal with the situation."

The Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996, he noted, requires all U.S. carriers to develop a comprehensive informational and assistance plan in the event of a crash, but it does not include foreign carriers. Underwood says he will introduce legislation in Congress this week to include foreign airlines.

During the briefing, the Congressman from Guam also noted that despite the doubling up of DNA testing, with samples being tested in both Korea and the United States, "there is a real possibility that some crash victims' remains will never be identified.

"That will be a new situation which we will have to address," he said.

Total known victims of the Korean Air crash now total 227.

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