× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Scotland / Pan Am Plane Crash / Bomb Threat #113535

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 23, 1988
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Call by head of Federal Aviation Administration for increase in airport security worldwide reported

(DC: John McWethy) Speculation that plane was sabotaged featured; details given of investigation of passenger manifest. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says all leads will be followed.] Investigation of terrorist groups, include Pop. Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, led by Ahmed Jabril and terrorist Abu Nidal detailed. [President REAGAN - explains why public was not warned of threat.] Update from Finnish sources about man who reported threat given.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Efforts by Israeli government to connect PLO to disaster reported [Israeli foreign minister Moshe ARENS - says it may have been done by PLO-associate terrorist group; says United States should have second thoughts about its relations with PLO.] Response from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat given. [ARAFAT - says Israeli Mossad is trying to sabotage peace process.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.