CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 05, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Death and injury toll so far in ending of Pan Am flight 73 hijacking in Karachi, Pakistan, reported; details given.
(Karachi, Pakistan: John Sheahan) Apparent circumstances of takeover's end examined; details given, scenes shown. [Pakistan press agency spokesperson Mr. QURESSI -hypothesizes scenario.] [Survivor Ali Harhim RIZVI - describes scene.] Terrorists said claiming membership in Palestinian commandos organization
(Studio: Dan Rather) Circumstances leading to hijacking examined; illustrations shown. [Pan Am spokesperson Martin SHUGRUE - blames Karachi airport sec. system.] [PASSENGER - describes scene.] Murder of American Rajesh Kumar noted. [Pakistani civil aviation authority spokesperson Khurshid MIRZA - relates hijackers' demands.] [Voices of survivors Catherine DUMAS, Dan PIPER (sic) - describe experience.]
(DC: David Martin) Questions arising over Pakistani security forces' handling of hijacking examined. [British Special Air Service Major Alistair MORRISON - cites difficulty in storming 747.] Factors affecting hijackers' success considered; terrorists said identification selves as members of Arab Liberation Org. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - cites lack of evidence linking Libya so far.] Skepticism surrounding hijkackers' demand to fly to Cyprus explained; FBI mentioned investigating.
(Santa Barbara, California: Bill Plante) President Reagan's reaction to incident, related to him at his California ranch by national security adviser John Poindexter, noted. Scenes shown. [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - praises Pakistan's handling of affair.] Admin.'s inability to link Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi to hijacking mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger said ordering United States medical evacuation plane to Pakistan to assist wounded.