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Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago  
User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2239 posts, RR: 13
Posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3823 times:

33 years ago, on March 8, 1972, a bomb exploded in the cockpit of an empty TWA 707 at the Las Vegas McCarran airport. The explosion happened hours after an anonymous caller threatened TWA with three bombings if they didn't pay a ransom. Read more by clicking the links below.

Link to photo: http://www.lasvegassun.com/from.ed/2005/mar/09/photos/P000069029.jpg

Link to article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/d...march/8/newsid_4268000/4268151.stm


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 3791 times:

The aircraft was a 707-331, registered N761TW. Just in case anyone was wondering. Regards.


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User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7194 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3671 times:

Was it repaired.

It certainly looks repairable.


User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3660 times:



Quoting Bennett123 (Reply 2):
Was it repaired.

No.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19720308-0

Daniel


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3652 times:

Is the guy on the left in the tux, Joe Patroni ?

User currently offlineJumpseat70 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3631 times:

Wow, I totally forgot about this! It was so long ago but I remember that the ransom threat did not stop with the bombing. All crews, cabin and cockpit, checked for bombs before they allowed boarding on every jet worldwide. The fear and intimidation stopped after it was reported internally that money was handed over to an individual in the Saudi Desert.

This was compounded by the daily phone in threats that greeted every crew as they prepared for their flights.

The bomb was loaded in a first aid kit. After the explosion, TWA ordered that all First Aid kits have a see through covering. airplane 


User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3607 times:

Regarding replies 2 and 3:

The fact that the insurers might write off an aircraft as irrepairable does not necessarily mean an aircraft cannot be repaired. If the insurers write-off an aircraft, it means that it is not cost-effective for them to pay for the damaged aircraft to be repaired, as it would probably be cheaper to buy a new aircraft.

It is possible that a skilled maintenance crew could see there is some benefit in repairing an aircraft written-off by the insurers. After all, they could acquire it from the insurers at a knock-down price.

The former UK Charter airline, DanAir, once purchased a written-off Mexicana 727-264Adv that had suffered damage from a heavy landing. Although the insurers thought it was uneconomical to repair the aircraft, the Dan-Air engineers felt otherwise and restored the aircraft to full airworthy condition. It was then utilised as part of Dan-Air fleet. I think the aircraft involved was G-BMLP as this 727 had a noticeable "hump" on it, but no Dan-Air engineer would confirm (or deny) this.


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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3571 times:



Quoting BCAL (Reply 6):
The former UK Charter airline, DanAir, once purchased a written-off Mexicana 727-264Adv that had suffered damage from a heavy landing. Although the insurers thought it was uneconomical to repair the aircraft, the Dan-Air engineers felt otherwise and restored the aircraft to full airworthy condition. It was then utilised as part of Dan-Air fleet. I think the aircraft involved was G-BMLP as this 727 had a noticeable "hump" on it, but no Dan-Air engineer would confirm (or deny) this.

Interesting!! Most of the pix of this aircraft in the database also show the hump....


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