Disasters a Case of Global Jitters

Investigators probe Air India's crash, and airports tighten security

Everywhere, nerves were on edge. At London's Heathrow, the world's busiest international airport, armored vehicles and troops carrying automatic weapons stood guard during the stopover of an Air India flight. In Toronto four bomb threats, all crank calls as it turned out, compelled authorities to delay the loading of three flights and to pull a fourth off the runway. In Rome an Austrian Airlines DC-9 en route to Vienna was recalled following an anonymous bomb threat. At Boston's Logan International Airport yet another call about a bomb forced hundreds to vacate a terminal while police and sniffer dogs searched the building.


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