This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) Terrorist bombing of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) flight en route to Athens, Greece, detailed; known death toll noted. Captain Richard Peterson mentioned.
(Athens, Greece: Doug Tunnell) Apparent circumstances of explosion examined; scenes shown. [Survivors Myrtle SIEMSEN, Janet CHAFFEE, George LITTLE - describe explosion.] Victims said include Alberto Ospina. Flight's course since leaving Los Angeles, California, indicated on map. [TWA president Richard PEARSON - cites ground security during servicing.] Focus of Greece's investigation explained; bomb threat to Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) in Cairo, Egypt, last week discussed. TWA's incrd. security on its Mediterranean flights since last year's hijacking mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Arab Revolutionary Cells of Ezzedine Kassam, Beirut-based terrorists, claiming responsibility, said announcing bombing was in retaliation for recent US-Libyan conflict. Muammar el-Kadhafi's alleged opposition to such terrorist acts and his denial of any involvement in Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) bombing quoted.
(Santa Barbara, California: Bill Plante) Reagan administration's reaction to bombing outlined. [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - explains cooperating in foreign investigations.] Kadhafi's recent call for attacks on Americans throughout Arab world mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather, Bill Plante) Indications attack was work of radical fringe terrorist orgs. considered. President Reagan's promise to retaliate against Libyan terrorists recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced
(NYC: Richard Roth) Impact of terrorism such as Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) bombing on US tourism overseas examined; scenes shown. [TOURISTS - comment.] [British Tour Operators Association spokesperson John BOON - believes terrorism is major factor in tourism's decline.] Incrd. travel to USSR and Asia explained. [US Tour Operators Association spokesperson Robert WHITLEY - cites popular vacation spots in US now.] [Hawaii Visitors Bureau spokesperson Gene COTTER - cites image of safety in US.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Terrorist bombings of planes reviewed; specific incidents recalled, discussed. Scenes shown. Dates and locations listed on screen. [British airport security expert Fred DOREY - blames carelessness of airport personnel; explains; praises Israel's approach.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Senator Bob Dole said target of letter bomb recently; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Muammar el-Kadhafi's denial of involvement in today's TWA bombing said following private overtures to United States for dialogue; administration's response noted.
(DC: David Martin) Egypt's refusal to participate in United States proposal to overthrow Kadhafi examined; President Hosni Mubarak's failure to deny story cited. Role of Admiral John Poindexter in approaching Egyptians considered. [Former national security adviser Robert McFARLANE - thinks such plan is reasonable.] [Brookings Institution spokesperson William QUANDT - disapproves of idea; explains.] Significance of concept cited.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Libyan missile site at Sirte knocked out recently by US fighter planes reported reopened; status of construction of 2nd missile base at Benghazi noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Impact on world oil market of Vice President George Bush's comment yesterday that he would press Saudi Arabia for oil price stability noted; Reagan administration reported backing off statement today. Layoffs announced by Phillips Petroleum mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Alabama Governor George Wallace reported announcing decision not to seek reelec.; his political career and assassination attempt recalled. Scenes, photos shown. [WALLACE - announces decision.] Voters' concern over his health mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Kennedy Space Center, Florida: Bruce Hall) Contd. recovery of shuttle Challenger debris examined; scenes shown. [Captain Charles BARTHOLOMEW - explains significance of Navy's search and salvage operation.] [Salvage expert Skip PICH - explains dangers involved.] Cost so far mentioned.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Resignation of Marshall Space Flight Center shuttle director Stanley Reinartz reported; his failure to notify superiors of potential danger in shuttle launch recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Soweto, South Africa: John Blackstone) Bishop Desmond Tutu's call for intl. economy sanctions against South Africa and government's lifting of ban against dissident Winnie Mandela examined; scenes shown. [MANDELA - feels victory is minor.] [TUTU - doesn't believe President P.W. Botha is serious about reform.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan said rejecting Tutu's call for economy sanctions.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Details of terrorist bombing of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) flight bound for Athens, Greece, recapped.
(NYC: Bob Simon) Human aspects of terrorism's toll considered. Scenes shown. [Terrorism expert Gary SICK - cites odds against such incidents.]