NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 22, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Special report of reasons for crash of plane in Scotland noted. Report introduced.
(Lockerbie, Scotland: Robert Hager) Beginning of investigations into cause of last night's plane crash featured; details given of sabotage theory; aerial and ground scenes shown from in and around Lockerbie, Scotland. [Prime Min. Margaret THATCHER - comments on disaster.] Evidence supporting bomb theory outlined on screen; details given of this particular 747's history.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: John Cochran) Govt. and aviation industry response to warning threat made to United States embassy in Finland reported [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - explains bomb threat against Pan Am flight bound from Frankfurt, West Germany.] Warning to United States embassies, but not to general public, examined; statement from White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater about matter quoted. [President-elect George BUSH - discusses number of tips about terrorist actions.] Response of Pan Am to bomb threat explained. [Airlines SPOKESPERSON - talks about bomb tips.] [OAKLEY - says we would warn American travelers in some cases.] Stmt. from FBI director William Sessions about reevaluation of notice to public about terrorist threats noted.