Report Is A False Alarm

The White House had to scramble to clarify comments in the morning by Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, who said traces of chemical residue had been found on pieces of wreckage and bodies and was being tested in Washington, with the results expected in 24 to 48 hours.

He also said investigators were looking “most closely” at the possibility that the crash was caused by terrorists.

In the afternoon, White House spokesman Michael McCurry suggested to reporters that they “not use” Panetta’s statements, and later President Clinton said no conclusions had been reached.

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