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Scotland / Pan Am Plane Crash / Bomb Threat #113515

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 22, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Possibility that bomb caused Pan Am plane crash in Scotland explained. Report introduced.

(Lockerbie, Scotland: Barrie Dunsmore) Evidence of last night's plane crash featured; aerial scenes shown from in and around Lockerbie, Scotland. [Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - comments on disaster.] Stmt. from International Air Trans. Association that sabotage is likely noted; details given of memo warning about possibility of terrorist attack against this plane route out of Frankfurt, West Germany. [British transportation secretary Paul CHANNON - says baggage out of Frankfurt would not be checked again during London, England, stopover.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Recovery of plane's "black box" noted. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Report on warning from unnamed Arab that two associates of terrorist Abu Nidal would get bomb aboard a Pan Am flight from Frankfurt to United States detailed: details given of Federal Aviation Administration notification of Pan Am and of State Department warnings to United States embassies. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says department only notified security groups.] Possible suspects discussed; United States downing of Iranian airliner recalled; scenes shown.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Total number of terrorist threats received by State Department recounted. Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Issue of how government deals with threats received against airlines reported [Rand Corporation Brian JENKINS - says airline transportation would be shut down if public was warned of every threat.] [Consumer activist Ralph NADER - discusses need for nonselective security measures.] Stmt. from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater about public notification issue quoted. [President-elect George BUSH - comments.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; DC: Jim Slade) Course of investigation of plane crash previewed; details given of what kinds of information come from what kinds of devices, of how bomb could have been concealed and how sabotage could have been detected. [Center for Strategic and International Studies George CARVER - explains how bomb could be very small; says most airports can't screen for explosive devices.] Recent General Accounting Office report on airport security discussed. Unlikelihood that massive structural failure caused plane to come apart analyzed.

Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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