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Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:58 am

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.  down
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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:00 pm

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.

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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Wed Dec 21, 2005 8:05 pm

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.

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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Wed Dec 21, 2005 9:39 pm

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.

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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 12:58 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected.


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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:01 am

I woke up this am thinking about today its been 17 years....and the first day of winter season.... glad yesterdays 747 & 717 got back on terra firma in LA and Boston respectively safely.
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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 2:27 am

A friend, Mridula Shastri of Bombay was on that flight. She and I got to meet because she had the same swimming coach as I did when I lived there.

She was 24, a Rhodes Scholar, flying to New York to see her boyfriend.

They never found her body.
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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:00 am

I remember that day well too. My father (Pan Am FE) was so upset to hear the news...Another PA trajedy!! To those families affected, my thoughts and prayers are with you all! Elyse A. Warns
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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 11:21 am

Quoting Clippervictor (Reply 8):
I remember that day well too.

Couldn't possibly forget either.

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.
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Thu Dec 22, 2005 3:41 pm


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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:54 pm

Pan Am lost a lot of good people that day along with some great people on board as passengers and those on the ground.

When we think of terrorists we should be reminded of those cowards who struck on that winter day over Lockerbie.

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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:36 am

I too was on PA103 1 day before as well. Granted still a youngen, but it was genuinely a freak out... Again RIP to the fallen, and prayers to the loved ones.
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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Fri Dec 23, 2005 1:50 am

Quoting A340Spotter (Reply 1):
My hometown in NJ lost 3 college students that day

Just curious, what town in NJ are you from? I'm from Basking Ridge. JFK is an hour drive but with traffic about 2 hours....

RIP everyone aboard PA 103.

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RE: Pan Am Flight 103 - 1988

Fri Dec 23, 2005 2:11 am

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.

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