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Pan Am Flight 103 Tragedy Could be TV Movie

May 12, 1989

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A Los Angeles production company wants to produce a made-for-TV movie about Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Scotland before Christmas and killed 270 people, victims’ relatives said.

Fredda Weiss, a producer for Rainy Day Productions, presented a proposal April 29 to the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, a group formed by victims’ relatives after the bombing.

Two other companies have inquired about making a similar film, but the firms have made no proposals, relatives said.

On Dec. 21, 1988, a bomb destroyed the Pan Am jet carrying 259 people near Lockerbie, Scotland. The victims included 35 Syracuse University students studying abroad. Eleven people in Lockerbie were killed.

The idea of a movie drew mixed reactions from relatives of those killed in the plane crash.

Eleanor Hudson, the mother of 16-year-old victim Melina Hudson, said some liked it, while others thought it was too soon to do a movie on the incident.

If the relatives received any money it would go to lobbying efforts to persuade the government to investigate the handling of the bombing and to push for improved airport security, said Mrs. Hudson of Albany.

″Initially, I had mixed feelings,″ said Aphrodite Tsairis of Franklin, N.J., whose daughter Alexia, 20, was killed. ″To think about this bombing depicted on TV is less than comforting.″

But so much information already is out that someone will do a movie with or without the relatives’ cooperation, Tsairis said. By working with the production company, the relatives hope to have some control over the final product, she said.

As proposed, the film would be a drama focusing on what happened after the bombing and would tell the story of the families, Weiss said. It would not concentrate on the actual bombing and crash, she said.

″It might stir people to call for an investigation,″ said Eileen Monetti, of Cherry Hill, N.J., who lost her 20-year-old son Richard in the tragedy. ″If that happened, then it would definitely be positive.″

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