ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 08, 1972
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(Studio) Air industry officials deeply concerned about safety of commercial flying in United States due to rash of hijackings, bomb threats, etc. News media blamed for publicizing terrorists' methods. Federal Aviation Administration security chief, James Murphy, cites evolution in air piracy: homesick Cuban, parachute extortionist, remote control extortionist. Unoccupied Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jet bombed in Las Vegas.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Las Vegas, NV) [Dep. Sheriff Lannis MILLS - describes explosion which destroyed cockpit of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jet.] Plane had been searched prior to departure from NYC, in air, and upon landing in Las Vegas, but bomb was well hidden. [FBI Agent, Harold CAMPBELL - says FBI investigating case.]
REPORTER: Dick Shoemaker
(NYC) Survival of airline industry is at stake. Airlines and Federal Aviation Administration are on full alert. Planes are guarded, locked, searched, and ground crews carry ID's. Bomb threat felt to be inside job. FAA's Lieutenant (Ret.) General Benjamin DAVIS - director commercial aviation security, says war for survival of air ind. is underway.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
(Los Angeles, California) Business down 50% for Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) since bombing. [Passenger, who does take flight, feels safe due to numerous inspections.]
REPORTER: Bill Wordham
(Studio) Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) company plane, perhaps carrying extortion pmt., flew from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia, last night, for rendezvous with extortionist. Mtg. never came off and plane returned to NYC. 3rd bomb discovered aboard United Airlines jet yesterday after it landed in Seattle.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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