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Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) Flight / Terrorism / Tourism #309283

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 02, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Terrorist bombing of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) flight en route to Athens, Greece, detailed; known death toll noted. Captain Richard Peterson mentioned.

(Athens, Greece: Doug Tunnell) Apparent circumstances of explosion examined; scenes shown. [Survivors Myrtle SIEMSEN, Janet CHAFFEE, George LITTLE - describe explosion.] Victims said include Alberto Ospina. Flight's course since leaving Los Angeles, California, indicated on map. [TWA president Richard PEARSON - cites ground security during servicing.] Focus of Greece's investigation explained; bomb threat to Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) in Cairo, Egypt, last week discussed. TWA's incrd. security on its Mediterranean flights since last year's hijacking mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Arab Revolutionary Cells of Ezzedine Kassam, Beirut-based terrorists, claiming responsibility, said announcing bombing was in retaliation for recent US-Libyan conflict. Muammar el-Kadhafi's alleged opposition to such terrorist acts and his denial of any involvement in Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) bombing quoted.

(Santa Barbara, California: Bill Plante) Reagan administration's reaction to bombing outlined. [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - explains cooperating in foreign investigations.] Kadhafi's recent call for attacks on Americans throughout Arab world mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather, Bill Plante) Indications attack was work of radical fringe terrorist orgs. considered. President Reagan's promise to retaliate against Libyan terrorists recalled.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced

(NYC: Richard Roth) Impact of terrorism such as Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) bombing on US tourism overseas examined; scenes shown. [TOURISTS - comment.] [British Tour Operators Association spokesperson John BOON - believes terrorism is major factor in tourism's decline.] Incrd. travel to USSR and Asia explained. [US Tour Operators Association spokesperson Robert WHITLEY - cites popular vacation spots in US now.] [Hawaii Visitors Bureau spokesperson Gene COTTER - cites image of safety in US.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Terrorist bombings of planes reviewed; specific incidents recalled, discussed. Scenes shown. Dates and locations listed on screen. [British airport security expert Fred DOREY - blames carelessness of airport personnel; explains; praises Israel's approach.]

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard;
Tunnell, Doug

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