A public inquiry into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 will begin Oct. 1, Scotland's chief law officer said today.
All 259 people aboard the Boeing 747 and 11 people in the town of Lockerbie were killed when the aircraft exploded and crashed Dec. 21, 1988. Scottish and U.S. officials have said they have not developed enough evidence to prosecute anyone for the attack.
The announcement today by Lord Fraser, the Scottish lord advocate, seemed to be a compromise with relatives groups that have been demanding a full, independent inquiry.
Dr. Jim Swire, who heads a relatives group called U.K. Families -- Flight 103, said he doubted the value of a fatal accident inquiry.