chootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 283 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
Hello to all!!
Very sad at this time of the year, but it has been 23 years since terrorists blew up Pan Am flight 103
enroute from LHR-JFK over Lockerbie, Scottland killing all 243 passenger, 16crew, and 11 on the
Ground. A most frightful and aweful day. Let´s take time to think about those poor souls and their
loved ones who lost members as the "Maid of The Seas" was taken down.
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12680 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2365 times:
Indeed it was a terror attack that had large repercussions.
It contributed to the eventual end of Pan Am.
It led to changes to interline transfers of checked bags including removal of bags if the person with them did not follow on to the next flight they were to be on. It required another layer of security and more through inspections of checked bags, pretty much eliminating the ability to put a bomb in a checked bag, especially after a series of terror bombs in checked bags over the previous years, including on Air India flights.
There was one of the most through investigations of an air crash to that time, leading to the most likely participants in the act.
It showed the difficulty in achieving justice through traditional means in dealing with terrorists, including from political and economic conflicts.
It also led to the way too soon deaths of 100's including a number of college students and on the ground in the town of Lockerbie, one of the greatest losses on the ground of a terror or any other plane crash.
Like many, I heard about the attack on the radio and when I got home, locked on watching CNN for the rest of the night trying to find out more info as to what happened. I would, like many, follow the story over the next month.
I would note that many years ago (1993) I drove through the town on a quiet Sunday morning, not stopping but passing the places well known and connected to the terror attack of PA 103. Very eerie. A town best know for a type of cheese until then, became the place to be the site of one of the worst terror attack in modern history.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7061 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
At that time I was working in the European HQ of a major American corporation. Roughly the staff in that office numbered around 100 and comprised a quarter Brits assigned from the UK subsidiary, a quarter other Europeans assigned from other European subsidiaries, a quarter local directly employed staff (such as secretaries and house management) and a quarter assignees from the American parent corporation.
Of those Americans I worked with I knew that just one was staying in the UK for Christmas. Both his and his wife's families were visiting from the US. I knew that all the other American ex-pats were flying home with their immediate families for Christmas and the New Year.
It was with great trepidation that I travelled into London the morning after the PA103 atrocity. But we were very lucky. It transpired that none of my colleagues nor any of their families were travelling on the "Maid of the Seas".
Of course that was no recompense for the families who lost loved ones at the worst possible time. Sadly most of the 243 murdered passengers were travelling home to join their wider families for the holidays. And the 16 crew and 11 killed on the ground were equally innocent. RIP.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1065 posts, RR: 4 Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
To all here who have remembered that terrible day, thank you. As a former PAA flight attendant it was indeed awful to hear about the whole thing and then to know those on board was doubly bad. But again, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.