Friday, 8 April 2016

Officials 'did not cancel trips on Lockerbie flight'

[This is the headline over a report published on The Herald website on this date in 1989. It reads as follows:]

A State Department official denied today that US Government personnel, benefiting from a Government warning, cancelled flights on the Pan American airliner blown up over Lockerbie last December.

Mr Clayton McManaway, associate coordinator at the department's counter-terrorism office, said the conclusion had been backed up by an extensive analysis of Pan Am's reservation, cancellation and ''no-show'' records of Flight 103.

Allegations that officials with inside knowledge cancelled flights followed disclosure that the US embassy in Moscow posted a Federal Aviation Administration bulletin reporting that a bomb threat against US planes flying from Frankfurt to the United States had been received in Helsinki.

Mr McManaway told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing the posting was made in contravention of Government policy and that FAA bulletins were meant for US airlines so they could take counter-measures.

He said 31 US Government personnel were on board Flight 103 and were among the 259 killed when the Boeing 747 exploded in midair on December 21. Eleven people died on the ground in Lockerbie.

He said the flight, which had a capacity of 400, had never been sold out and that only 17 passengers were ''no-shows'' -- well within the percentage expected on such a flight.

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  1. Dossier Lockerbie, 2016, google translation German/English:

    In the shadow of the ongoing 'Operation Sandwood' report, of the team of Scottish Police policemen, headed by Chief Inspector, called Stuart Johnstone, must to encover the perfide fraud with an MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) - for the damage of Libya, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi and MEBO Ltd.
    The investigation must be mercilessly against the then acting Scottish officialson this time !

    Visible by the color of the black carbonized MST-13 timer fragment (PT-35) (manipulated) from a prototype MST-13 timer circuit board, amongst other things,
    3 scratches and a scratched letter "M" (in German for Muster = model) is clearly to prove, that the fragment (PT-35) can not com from delivered MST-13 timers to Libya with green circuit boards, descended ! (therefore exist at least minimum twofold evidence of fraud)!

    In reviewing the fragment (PT-35) at the court in Kamp van Zeist (2000) and by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) 2007, the decisive 3 scratches, the letter "M" and the curve, sawed by hand, represented on the court-photographic evidence, Prod. 329 and No. 334, has been overlooked evident...

    Witness: Nr.335, ALLEN FERADAY, resumed
    EXAMINATION CONTINUED BY MR. TURNBULL: you are still under oath, you understand.

    Q Could you read on to the next item, Mr. Feraday.
    A Item PT/35 (a), assorted materials recovered from damaged clothing PI/995.
    "These nine fragments of black plastics were recovered from a fragment of the
    grey `Slalom' brand shirt (item PI/995, Section 5.1.3)."
    Q I see. Could we then, whilst keeping that photograph on the screen, look at
    photograph 334. And is it possible to have 330 as well. And if it's possible, could
    we magnify 330. If we look at 334, Mr. Feraday, what does that show us?
    A That's a photograph of fragment PT/35 as recovered in the laboratory.
    Q Is that prior to the removal of any samples?
    A That is correct. Yes, sir.

    by Edwin Bollier, MEBO Ltd., Telecommunication Switzerland. Webpage: