CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 23, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Lockerbie, Scotland: Doug Tunnell) Downed Pan Am plane's flight recorder reported indicating that plane was functioning normally when it crashed earlierthis week; details given, scenes shown. [Police spokesperson Angus KENNEDY - comments on search for bodies and cause of crash.] Death toll given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Man recalled making bomb threat in Finland prior to crash. Report introduced.
(DC: David Martin) United States official quoted on screen with regard to bomb threat. Finnish woman, Maria Maijala, noted among passengers of flight 103; US officials reported dismissing Maijala's possible role in terrorist plot. Anonymous caller noted also identifying Yassan Garadat, Arab living in Finland, as ringleader in plot; Abu Nidal mentioned. Finish police noted finding no evidence linking Garadat to plane crash. Officials noted asserting that bomb threat in Helsinki was coincidence. Last October, West German police recalled arresting Palestinian terrorists for conspiring to blow up airliner.
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