Prince Charles came to Lockerbie Tuesday to comfort the bereaved and mend fences with townspeople aggrieved by the royal family's behavior after the crash of Pan Am Flight 103.

The visit by the heir to the British throne was seen as a tacit admission by the royal family that it bungled its response to the Dec. 21 tragedy.Charles, who arrived by train for a 90-minute visit that stretched to 21/2 hours, got a friendly welcome.

All 259 people aboard the New York-bound Boeing 747 were killed, along with 11 residents of this rural town, when a bomb blew up the jet.