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HONOLULU, Hawaii (January 8, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---A public hearing on the Guam crash of Korean Air’s Flight 801 last August, resulting in the death of at least 227 persons, has been scheduled by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii March 24 - 26.

NTSB Vice Chairman Robert T. Francis, who now is in Guam examining the crash site and meeting with local officials, will preside at the hearing.

Guam Congressman Robert Underwood, commenting from Washington, says "The way this hearing is shaping up, the primary focus will be on technical issues, survivability issues, and activities that took place as a result of the crash."

Aviation experts and other persons involved in the accident and its aftermath will provide testimony, Underwood added, including members of the families of those who died in the crash a short distance from Guam’s international airport.

Before any final conclusions about fault and responsibility for the accident are announced, the Guam Congressman expects another public hearing to take place in Washington, D. C. late in the year.

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