This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Connie Chung) Recent crash of Pan Am jet in Lockerbie, Scotland, and emergency landing of Eastern Airlines plane after hole torn in fuselage recalled. Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) Investigators noted examining Eastern jet for metal fatigue; scenes shown. Pilots' efforts to correct decompression problems during flight illustration Emergency landing of Aloha jet last April recalled. Age of United States commercial aircraft discussed. [Ex-government safety investigator Rudy KAPUSTIN - comments on problems with aging aircraft.] [Air Trans. Association spokesperson William HOOVER - comments on life of aircraft.]
(Studio: Connie Chung) Admin. official reported indicating to reporter Fred Francis that suitcase found amid wreckage of Pan Am crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, contained evidence of bomb explosion. Search for bodies and wreckage noted continuing in Scotland; details given, scenes shown. Bodies of identified Americans reported transported to United States for burial. Victims' families noted preparing to sue airline. Report introduced.
(DC: Carl Stern) Families noted retaining attys. Melvin Belli, Stanley Chesley and Lee Kreindler. [KREINDLER - comments.] [Attorney F. Lee BAILEY - comments on bomb threat.] International law discussed. Families of those killed in 1972 Israeli airport bombing noted collecting higher damages. Lawsuits noted pending with regard to 1985 hijacking of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jetliner in Beirut, Lebanon. [Aviation attorney John TIGERT - says Pan Am's security is outstanding.] Pan Am noted already offering to settle out of court with several families.
(Studio: Connie Chung) European Econ. Community reported banning importation of US meat treated with growth hormones; details given. United States noted responding by placing higher tariffs on many European items.
(Studio: Connie Chung) National Association of Realtors quoted with regard to sale of homes last mo. in US. Report introduced.
(DC: Irving R. Levine) Difficulty of finding empls. qualified to handle incr. technology developments in entry-level positions reported Federal Express driver Cliff Hawkins featured; scenes shown of him using computer. [Labor economy Peter CAPPELLI - comments on higher intellectual demands placed upon entry-level workers.] [Bellsouth chairperson John CLENDENIN - says problem is serious.] High rate of high school dropouts noted compounding problem. [Furniture Training Institution spokesperson Alfred MILLER - comments on situation.]
(Studio: Connie Chung) FDA (Food and Drug Administration) reported approving misoprostol to be used to prevent stomach ulcers in arthritis patients; details given.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Palestinian guerrilla group recalled promising release of little French girls who have been held hostage in Lebanon for mos. Group's leader, Abu Nidal, reported approving release. Girls' relatives noted asserting that they have not arrived in Paris, France.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Violence reported continuing in West Bank, Israel. Report introduced.
(Gaza, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Turbulent history of Gaza Strip outlined; details given, scenes shown. Palestinian Solomon Awad shown praying toward his ancestral land. [Jewish settler Baruch RAVIV - says Alwad's land is now his own.] [AWAD - (thru translator) comments on his plight.] British defeat of Turks in Palestine 70 years ago recalled. [Son Mohammad AWAD - (thru translator) wants independent Palestinian state in Gaza.] [RAVIV - says he won't give his land back.] Reasons why Israel doesn't give up Gaza Strip listed. [Jewish STUDENT - comments on situation.]
(Studio: Connie Chung) Racial tension in Nanjing, China, reported Chinese students reported demanding that African students be punished for racial brawl on Christmas Eve; details given.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Guangdong Province, China: Keith Miller) Econ. problems in China (PR) featured; details given, scenes shown. ["Econ. Journal" editor George SHEN - comments on situation.] Premier Li Peng noted ordering slowdown in economy reform; reforms discussed. Deng Xiaoping's role in government noted. Econs. quoted with regard to reform of socialist China.
(Studio: Connie Chung) USSR media quoted with regard to people still buried beneath rubble in Armenia after earthquake; details given. Report introduced.
(Studio: John Chancellor) Soviet foreign minister spokesperson Gennady Gerasimov quoted re: failure of USSR 's relief effort in Armenia. Changing attitudes in USSR and United States discussed. Likelihood of nuclear war mentioned.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Winter snowstorm reported causing car pileup in Salt Lake City, UT; scenes shown.
(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Denver, Colorado: Roger O'Neil) Competition among Colorado ski resorts featured, scenes shown. Resorts noted building health clubs and adding attractions for children in order to attract business [SHOPPER - comments.] [Vail resort owner George GILLETT - comments on business]