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Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:28 pm

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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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 12:41 pm

The aircraft was a 707-331, registered N761TW. Just in case anyone was wondering. Regards.
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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 8:54 pm

Was it repaired.

It certainly looks repairable.
 
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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:08 pm

 
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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:15 pm

Is the guy on the left in the tux, Joe Patroni ?
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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:30 pm

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 
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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:51 pm

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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RE: Bomb Explodes On TWA 707 33 Years Ago

Thu Mar 10, 2005 10:05 pm



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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