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JURY FINDS PAN AM GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT

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Jurors decided Friday that Pan Am was guilty of willful misconduct in allowing a bomb to be smuggled aboard the jetliner that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.

The lawsuit by a group of the victims' survivors sought $300 million or more. The damages, which would be paid by Pan Am's insurers, will be awarded later. Under international treaties, liability damages are limited to $75,000 for each victim, unless willful negligence is proved.The verdict came on the third day of deliberations after an 11-week trial in U.S. District Court. It brought a burst of smiles, tears and hugs from the dozens of victims' relatives present.

Two Pan Am subsidiaries, Alert Management Inc. and Pan American World Services, also were found guilty of willful misconduct. Alert ran the airline's security operations at foreign airports.

Thomas G. Plaskett, former chairman of Pan Am, said in a statement that "much of what we do know with certainty about Lockerbie was not shared with this jury, and so today's verdict, much like the whole affair, remains clouded by uncertainty.

"We shall endeavor through the appeals process to shed some light on this uncertainty," he said.