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Terrorism / Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 840 Investigation #102245

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 03, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Suspect on terrorist bombing yesterday of TWA flight 840 thought identification

(Rome, Italy: Chris Bury) Italian authorities reported believing May Elias Mansur, assumed to be alias, planted bomb on Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) plane during Cairo to Athens leg; Mansur noted Palestinian explosives expert and follower of Abu Nidal, wanted himself in connection with Rome and Vienna airport massacres. Possible scenario examined. [TWA flight attendant Helen SHEEHAN - criticizes ground and cabin crew's laxity.] [American TOURISTS - describe their fear.] Frustration of Rome-Cairo-Athens airport authorities in halting terrorism within that triangle considered.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Athens, Greece: David Ensor) Focus of Greek and FBI investigation discussed; scenes shown. [Captain Richard PETERSON - condemns such wanton violence.] [Flight attendant Cindy PURDY, passengers Mark SCHACTER, Janet CHAFFEE, Connie CARUSO -describe experience.] Condition of victim Myrtle Siemsen reported Implications of bombing for airport security explained.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Victims said identification as Alberto Ospina, Demetra Klug, Maria Klug and Demetra Stylian; photos shown, details given. [Warren KLUG, Senior - reacts to deaths of daughter-in-law, grandchild.] President Reagan, denouncing bombing, said expressing his condolences to victims' families.

(DC: John McWethy) [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - considers such terrorism intolerable; questions credibility of Muammar el-Kadhafi's denial of involvement.] Kadhafi, looking for pts. of retaliation since recent Gulf of Sidra conflict with US, said considering United States embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, as potential target; details given. [KALB - advises American tourists to take care.] Vice President George Bush mentioned leaving for region.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) "20/20" announced. Item recapped at end of broadcast

Reporter(s):
Bury, Chris;
Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:08:00

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