BDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10 Posted (8 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 4141 times:
Just as a mark of respect amongst us industry dudes, remember today is exactly 17 years since PA103 was blown up over Scotland, costing the lives of everyone on board and many on the ground who were resident in the small town of Lockerbie.
A340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1977 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4007 times:
My hometown in NJ lost 3 college students that day, including two stepbrothers of a classmate of mine. Remember vividly the drive home from HS that day with my dad, in a snowstorm, listening to the terrible story unfold.
My thoughts are always with the families that lost their loved ones that day, the closest one to hit home.
"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
Gkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24822 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4001 times:
Remember the day well as Lockerbie is only 10 miles from where I live.
IIRC, a link was made between Lockerbie Academy and Syracuse after the bombing and each year, pupil exchanges are made with pupils from Lockerbie going to Syracuse and pupils from Syracuse coming to Lockerbie.
The town is still a dump though
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3944 times:
Today is 17 years that I lost 16 friends and colleagues. Over the years it has gotten easier in a way to deal with this as it is with anyone special that is taken from you, in another way it never gets any easier. That day special people were taken from us in a truly unnecessary way. There was no real point. I just pray that all of those taken are resting in the arms of our loving God.
I was a student at the time, and last minute homebound for Europe. Got a last minute ticket with Pan Am routed through Heathrow arriving there on the 21st. It was a true shock and unreal to learn what happened to PA103 later on that day.
It was even scarier returning back to the states and to college right after new years. I think I could count no more than 50 to 75 pax on that 747. Crew extremely supportive.
May all those souls rest in peace, and may their families find peace too.
Gman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3218 times:
An awful day. I had just gotten home from college on the redeye. My mom and dad were fighting. I just remeebr watching the whole thing unfold and was in shock. the local news station was showing people showing up at the airport who did not know. It was awful. I ended up knowing 2 people on the flight. Thank God one of them was not my ex GF who was a Syracuse student studying in London.