I realize it has been almost 40 years since this event occurred but having lived in the New York area most of my life, I really don't remember hearing anything about this horrible attack. Apparently there are a few news articles out there that were written on various anniversaries of the bombing, including a NYT piece a few years ago, but I think it is safe to say this bombing (the worst in NYC since the 1920s and only surpassed by 9/11/01) has been out of the public consciousness for decades. There have been lots of theories as to who planted the bomb in a row of lockers but nobody has ever been charged and the case is officially unresolved.
Does anybody have any personal stories related to this bombing? Can anybody pinpoint the location of the explosion today? I'm assuming TWA used the central terminal building in 1975, now Terminal C, but does anybody know the exact location? Is there a memorial or plaque for the victims? Although I can understand the airport does not like to remind people of past tragedies, it's kind of amazing to me that thousands of people probably pass the spot of this bombing every day and have no idea such a malicious event killed almost a dozen innocent passengers, workers and drivers right where they are standing.
nomadic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3869 times:
I remember this incident quite well. I was living in New York at the time and my Dad was a TWA dispatcher based at JFK. The bomb had been placed in a locker between the TWA and Delta baggage carousels on the lower level roughly in the middle of the Central Terminal Building. The blast devistated the baggage claim area, blew out windows on both the lower and upper level of the building as well as tearing a hole through the ceiling into the TWA ticketing lobby directly above. Although 11 people died, it is amazing that no TWA staff were killed although a flight attendant and a skycap were injured along with about 75 other people. The blast occured at6:33pm and the airport was closed until 10:00pm the following evening. 17 TWA flights were transfered to JFK and 8 to Newark. Other airlins also moverd their operations. The LGA flight kitchen was kept in operation and meals were trucked to Kennedy to cater the extra flights. Airport officials worked to clear the damage as quickly as possible. The TWA ticket counters were able to open the evening after the explosion with a wood partition set up to seal off the hole in the floor. The baggage claim area however was closed until the investigation into the bombing was finished and the serious damage could be repaired. National Airlines provided baggage service in their claim area until TWA was once again up and running. As a side note, from that point on, the NY Port Authority sealed off all public lockers at La Guardia, JFJ and Newark airports.
gman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3520 times:
Not that I am anyting special, but I was blessed (and cursed) with a not so ordinary memory. I was six years old and I remember when it happened. It was very big news at the time. I am a premium subscriber to the New York Times Archive and a couple years ago I read the articles on it. I find historical stuff related to many things fascinating.. NYT is a very good place to look at articles from the day