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Scotland / Pan Am Plane Crash / Bomb #560448

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 28, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) British authorities reported determining that Pan Am flight 103 crashed because bomb exploded in cargo hold. Report introduced.

(DC: Robert Hager) Investigation noted dismissing possibility that structural failure had caused crash. [Chief investigator Michael CHARLES - comments on situation.] Markings on debris left by bomb illustration; investigators quoted. [Ex-US investigator Frank TAYLOR - believes bomb was in front cargo hold.] Investigators' questions listed. [Terrorism expert Michael YARDLEY - says terrorists are more sophisticated than explosive- detecting equipment.] New explosive-detection device being tested by FAA illus.; Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson quoted.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: John Dancy) United States reaction to news that plane crash was caused by bomb featured. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY, FBI director William SESSIONS - comment on situation.] PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat noted condemning bombing. [Terrorism specialist Ambassador L. Paul BREMER - doesn't suspect Arafat.] Radical factions in PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted suspected of bombing; Guardians of Islamic Revolution and Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine mentioned. [Senator William COHEN - comments on situation.]

(Studio: Connie Chung; DC: John Dancy) Possibility that attack was designed to discredit Arafat noted.

Chung, Connie;
Dancy, John;
Hager, Robert

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