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Subject: Archive: On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103, flying over Lockerbie, Scotland, is destroyed by a bomb


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All 243 passengers and 16 crew were killed
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Date Posted: Friday, December 21, 03:36:57pm

Pan Am Flight 103 was a regularly scheduled Pan Am transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York. On 21 December 1988, N739PA, the aircraft operating the transatlantic leg of the route, was destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew a disaster known as the Lockerbie bombing.

Large sections of the aircraft crashed onto residential areas of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 11 people on the ground.

Following a three-year joint investigation by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrest warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals in November 1991. In 1999, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi handed over the two men for trial at Camp Zeist, Netherlands, after protracted negotiations and UN sanctions. In 2001, Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for life after being found guilty of 270 counts of murder in connection with the bombing. In August 2009, he was released by the Scottish Government on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died in May 2012 as the only person to be convicted for the attack.

In 2003, Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims, although he maintained that he had never given the order for the attack.

During the Libyan Civil War in 2011, former Minister of Justice Mustafa Abdul Jalil claimed that the Libyan leader had personally ordered the bombing, though this was later denied.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103

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Tragic (not so) FUN FACT: Tragically, one of the victims of the flight of Pan Am Flight 103 on that fateful day 30 years ago, was Jonathan White 33, son of actor David White -of TV's "Bewitched" fame! (NT)It was 30 years earlier in 1958, that David White's wife stage actress Mary Welch, died giving birth to their 2nd son, who also died at that time.Friday, December 21, 05:06:13pm
Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon and his wife was to be on that flight but were late to the airport. (NT)He writes a lot about how that missed connection changed himSaturday, December 22, 11:13:17am


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