CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 22, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Indications that Pan Am plane that crashed in Scotland was downed by act of terrorism reported; details given of decision by officials in admins. of President Reagan and President-elect George Bush not to reveal earlier threat to blow up a plane; Federal Aviation Administration official quoted. Report introduced.
(Lockerbie, Scotland: Anthony Mason) Evidence of last night's plane crash featured; aerial scenes shown from in and around Lockerbie, Scotland. [US ambassador to Great Britain Charles PRICE - says there may have been explosion.] Diagram shown of plane's route & of sites of plane debris. [Terrorism expert Paul WILKINSON - says evidence points to terrorist attack.] Report that plane was blown up in retaliation for United States downing of Iranian Airbus noted. Search parties and debris in town shown. [INVESTIGATOR - discusses case.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Govt. response to warning threats reported; details given of State Department warning to its embassies, but not to flying public, of bomb threats against planes route d from Frankfurt, West Germany, to US.
(DC: David Martin) Anonymous telephone call to United States embassy in Finland detailed. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - explains bomb threat against Pan Am flight.] Bulletin issued by Federal Aviation Administration about threat detailed; terrorist Abu Nidal mentioned. [Ambassador at large for counterterrorism L. Paul BREMER - says Finnish police believed threat was hoax; says we don't yet know that this was a terrorist incident.] Scenes shown from airport bombings in 1985 at Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria, airports. Possible sabotage suspects named. [OAKLEY - comments on terrorist claim.] Beginning of investigations by FAA, FBI and NTSB noted.
(DC: Wyatt Andrews) State Department response to bomb threat received in Finland reported; details given of why public was not warned about this threat. [OAKLEY - says department only notified security groups.] [Pentagon spokesperson Dan HOWARD - says there are too many threats.] Response of Frankfurt, W. Germany, airport, United States embassy in Moscow, USSR , and Pan Am to bomb threat warning outlined. [Voice of embassy spokesperson Richard GILBERT - says we notified our people.] [Last night, Pan Am spokesperson Jeff KRIENDLER - says Pan Am has received no threats.] [President-elect George BUSH - says public should be warned if there is hard evidence in threat.]