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I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sat Mar 04, 2000 4:55 pm

There was a terrorist shoting in the late 70s early 80s. Two terrorists killed 50 passengers on a Pan Am flight at the airport in Pakistan. I need to know what aircraft did the shooting take place on and what exactly happened and who was responsible. What happened to the terrorists? Is it true that when a flight attendent told the flight crew what was going on that the crew didn't even callaed for help and that the flight attendent managed to save the remaining passengers and got a medal for bravery while the pilots who bailed and left their passengers to die were dealt with. If it's true; than what did they get?
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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sat Mar 04, 2000 10:24 pm

This incident took place on 5 Sept. 1986 in Karachi, Pakistan. The aircraft was N656PA "Clipper Empress of the Seas" operating PA073 from Bombay to Frankfurt and New York with a stop at Karachi. At 5 a.m., four men boarded the plane, declared a hijacking and turned left towards the cockpit (or so they thought). Senior Purser Neerja Bhanot ran upstairs and alerted the flight crew who escaped by means of their escape ropes.The ordeal lasted 17 hours and ended when the APU quit and commandos stormed the plane. The terrorists started firing their automatic weapons and throwing their grenades at the passengers who had been hearded into the center of the plane. Several passengers escaped by the escape slides which Neeja Bahnot had ordered armed at the start of the ordeal. 21 passengers were killed including Neeja Bahndot. 50 passengers were injured. The four terrorists were captured, two of which were injured.In 1987, N656PA returned to service as "Clipper New Horizons". It was later broken up at Marana, Arizona. Neerja Bhandot received the Ashok Chakra Award (India's highest award for bravery) and the Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award.
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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sun Mar 05, 2000 1:19 am

So sad!

I read that Neerja Bhandot was a really beautifull Indian flight attendant. She was a model and was hired by Pan Am in India. She was in her very early 20's when she was killed. She was so brave that when she saw the terrorist throwing hand grenades, she threw herself over some kids in order to save their lives, while sacrificing her own. When I read her story, I had watery eyes. She should inspire all of us to become better persons.


You can read hers and other great Pan Am stories in a book called: Fasten Your Seat Belts, History and Heroism In The Pan Am Cabin. Try it, it's amazing the stories that Pan Am had to indure in order to fly the great American flag over the world.



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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sun Mar 05, 2000 8:10 am

Apollo > I agree that the story about Neerja is touching and inspiring.... But I'd just fell as sad about what happened to her and others when she turned out to be ugly looking!
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What MEA-707

Sun Mar 05, 2000 9:18 am

I just don't understand your comment? Do you have any heart? For Christ sake, your talking bull$%*# about a dead person!

You are way off, Servaas!
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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sun Mar 05, 2000 2:31 pm

Hey Servaaas! You need to chill out with the sick jokes! I had family members aboard the flight. I didn't start this topic to gather insensitve remarks like yours! You probably would even have the guts to do something like she did. But I do! I would do whatever it takes to save to save as many passengers as I can even if it costs me my life. I got this thinking by seeing my parents go off to work everyday as serving their country everyday as New York City Police Officers who put their lives on the line 24-7 in order for us to live our lifes and not go through terrible losses like I did when I found out that I will no longer see four of my family members ever again. You have know idea how it's like to loose family memebers in a terrorist attack! How dare you offend my family and the victims who had died in such a horrible way you insensitve bastard!!!

I only hope that you never find out how painful it relly is to lose someone that you love so much. I suggest that when you go home tonight to your family that you huge them very tightly. Because life is very short. Unfortionatly I found that out the hard way!
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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Sun Mar 05, 2000 10:56 pm

Latinplane and VirginA340 > Sorry if you understand me wrong! I didn't want to hurt your feelings or anything. Maybe because English isn't my first language, but I surely didn't mean to make a "joke" or anything about something this serious and tragic. I only commented on Latinplane because I first thought that he considered Neerja Bhandots perishing MORE tragic because she was said to be good looking. While she proves the real beauty is only in the heart. I was a bit upset about the impression she was judged by her looks by Latinplane.
Sorry if I hurt your feelings, it surely was not meant so. Although I'm happy enough not to have lost freinds or family that way, I think I can imagine the pain involved, so that's why I never make jokes of it, and that's why I reacted to Latinplane in the first place, because I first thought (mistakenly) he'd care about 'sexist' remarks while it could not have been more off-topic.
So in the end, I think we all three feel the same about this tragedy, and hope stuff like that never happens to anyone.
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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Mon Mar 06, 2000 3:13 am

To: Servaas

Well, I'm glad that the things cleared out. I was about to call you a Nazi! I can see that you meant no harm. However, I cannot understand why one would believe the story about the sexist remarks. Correct me if I'm wrong, but did I in any instance talk sexist and dirty about her? The mere mention of her beauty shouldn't offend anyone. All women are beautifull, and and she proved this by sacrificing her soul to save the lives of others! I just re-read my initial post and quite frankly I don't see where I sound like a sexist. Besides, I don't know how it's like in your part of the world, but in mine, sexism is a part history. In any case, look for a better excuse next time. But don't think that you offended me in any way.....



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RE: I Need Info On PanAm Shooting In Pakistan

Mon Mar 06, 2000 2:17 pm

Dear Servaas;

I would like to apoligize to Servaas the way that I reacted. The person that sent the post was angry and was still wondering on why a group of cowards took their anger out on a group of nice and innocent people who had no beef with them and just minded their own business. I really didn't mean to go off like that on anyone. This is not normal thank you everyone who said such nice things about such a beautiful, brave and caring young woman. She desserved it. Thank you latin plane, servaas, and DL Mech for helping me find out as much as I can on what exactly happened. You all have been very helpful.
Sincerly;
Vishal Singh Parmar
a.k.a virginA340
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