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Scotland / Pan Am Plane Crash / Bomb / Suspects #319544

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 28, 1988
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Lockerbie, Scotland: Anthony Mason) Investigators reported determining that Pan Am flight 103 was destroyed by bomb. [Chief investigator Michael CHARLES - comments on plastic explosives used in attack.] Investigators noted eliminating structural failure as cause. [MAN - says United States should not retaliate.] Damage to town of Lockerbie discussed. [MAN - comments on impact of tragedy upon town.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Model of Pan Am 747 shown and location of bomb discussed. Terrorism experts noted searching for individuals responsible for bombing. Report introduced.

(DC: David Martin) United States response to bombing examined. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - announces investigation; mentions FBI role in that investigation.] [Counter-terrorism director Ambassador L. Paul BREMER, FBI director William SESSIONS - comment on investigation.] Federal Aviation Administration reported attempting to upgrade its bomb detection systems. [OAKLEY, Representative Lee HAMILTON - comment on airport sec. and terrorism.] [BREMER - comments on impossibility of alerting public of bomb threats.]

(London, England: Allen Pizzey) Radical Palestinian groups reported suspected of planting bomb on Pan Am plane. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Ahmed Jabril noted prime suspect. [Israeli terrorism expert Ariel MERARI -comments on Jabril.] Terrorist Abu Nidal noted sending condolences to victims' families. May 15 Org. leader Abu Ibrahim discussed. [Ex-Defense Department official Noel KOCH - says Syria has bomb-making capabilities.] Recent bombings of airports and planes recalled.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer; Los Angeles, California: Bill Plante) President Reagan's reaction to news that plane was downed by bomb discussed.

Martin, David;
Mason, Anthony;
Pizzey, Allen;
Schieffer, Bob

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