NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 23, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Bomb threat reported made weeks ago by anonymous phone caller to United States embassy in Helsinki, Finland. Airline authorities noted not informing public of threat. Report introduced.
(DC: John Cochran) [President REAGAN - defends FAA's not informing public of bomb threat.] [Passenger David Ludlow's daughter Kelly LUDLOW, wife Barbara LUDLOW, daughter Shela LUDLOW - want to know why public was not informed of threats.] [Federal Aviation Administration administration T. Allan McARTOR, State Department terrorist expert Ambassador Paul BREMER - comment on situation.] Embassy official in Moscow noted posting warning on bulletin board there. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says each embassy makes its own evaluations.] Admin. official quoted with regard to current air security policy.
(Studio: Connie Chung) White House officials reported asserting that one of those killed on flight 103 was CIA station chief in Beirut, Lebanon; details given.