I truly sympathise with you, Virgin A340, over the loss of your loved ones in the tragic case of Pan Am flight #103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. I and everyone will understand your point of view, for we cannot be put in your shoes to live and understand what pain you went through in the ordeal.
Even though Pan Am was to blame in some way for not properly securing itself from such prominent threats during a time when American aircraft were subject to be put through such scrutiny as did TWA's 727 at Beirut. It was something that Pan Am couldn't really stop from happening. I really don't think that the technology was sophisticated enough at the time to smell the syntex material used in the making of the bomb.
Pan Am like TWA were the obvious choices as both served as symbols of American culture. But it is now known that any American airline flying those routes to Europe could have been the subject of this event. The terrorist (helped by Lybia) had planned to put a bomb on either American Airlines or Pan Am. Both chosen due to their name status as American flag carriers. Obviously, it was Pan Am who they chose to send their message through. But if they had just decided to chose American Airlines instead of Pan Am, then flight #103, Clipper Maid of the Seas, would have arrived at JFK uneventfully and a American Airlines flight #???, DC-10 Luxuryliner, would have gone in the history books as the unlucky martir that was lost over the Atlantic ocean. Furthermore, if we study the subject and go deep into it's roots, who are we really to blame for if the Iran Air A300 wouldn't have been shot down over the persian gulf by the U.S. Navy, then non of this would really have never happened.
But who better than you to know what really happened that eventfull night as you witnessed history through your own very young eyes.
Pan Am is now gone, not just because of the Lockerbie accident, for there were many self inflicting issues that brought the then American flag carrier to the ground. And even though it's 9 years after it shut down, I still hold some feelings to it because when I was born (23 years ago) it was still the grandest airline of all, and it was my country's flag carrier to the world and for that it had to pay a very high price...
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May all the victims rest in peace...
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