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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 10:27 PM
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20 years ago Today (12/21/88) Pam Am Flt 103 Bombing over Lockerbie
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103

Pan Am Flight 103 was Pan American World Airways' third daily scheduled transatlantic flight from London's Heathrow International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

On Wednesday 21 December 1988, the aircraft flying this routea Boeing 747-121 named Clipper Maid of the Seaswas destroyed by a bomb, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members. Eleven people in Lockerbie, south west Scotland, were killed as large sections of the plane's fuselage fell in and around the town, bringing total fatalities to 270.

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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 10:59 PM
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1. What a sad anniversary.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-20-08 11:16 PM
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2. My next door neighbor was on that plane. She was only 21 years old,
coming home from a semester of studying art in London.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 05:56 AM
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3. I lived near Syracuse then - it was such a sad event for SU...
Edited on Sun Dec-21-08 06:06 AM by Dennis Donovan
35 students from SU were among the victims. :(
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 09:56 AM
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11. It was SU's 9/11
and it will never be forgotten.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 10:00 AM
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12. One more rec for the greatest page...
...so it isn't forgotten. :hi:
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 10:15 AM
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14. She was one of those students.
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 05:57 AM
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4. a young man who worked
for me had a girlfriend on that flight
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remember2000forever Donating Member (594 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 07:13 AM
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5. That was my normal. scheduled flight to work as a Flight Attendant.
I instead had called in sick with a kidney infection. I knew all my co-workers on board. It was a terrible, terrible day.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:58 AM
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9. OMG - I'm so sorry for your loss. r2k4vr...
I'm certainly glad YOU'RE here, though. :thumbsup:
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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:01 AM
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6. The why of this...?
Edited on Sun Dec-21-08 08:02 AM by Stuart G
Terrorists blew up this plane because of revenge..ultimately from Iran..
..Why? A U.S. Navy ship shot down an Iranian Passenger Plane, killing over 250 people. It may have been the summer before..not sure..

Why? ..Why shoot down a passenger airliner?

..Because the Captain of that Navy Ship thought that the airliner was an attack plane..
..Why? ..because the Captain of the Iranian Airplane would not respond to the Navy Captain's request to identify himself..So our U.S. Navy Captain shot down the plane on that motive..

..Pretty nasty stuff...so the Iranians put out a hit on a U.S. Airline to get even..
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:59 AM
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10. Was there a link between Iran & the Libyans?
If so, I didn't know it. :wow:
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-08 10:07 AM
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15. I did not get it straightened out in my memory.
I recall Libya being blamed, Qaddafi's son killed when home raided by Reagan's order of jets and bombs because he wouldn't release alleged bomb placers. The reason is circulated that a certain CIA person was on the plane which is dubiously denied in order to further the reverse psychological effect of making people believe that and reduce the belief and even the printing of the story that it could have been retribution from downing the Iranian airliner. Later, in this Bush admin era documents arise from archives that show something else of which I am not remembering at the moment, but Qaddafi becomes our friend again as W wants to attack Iraq. And now I guess it was Iran anyway.

If I did this for a living, I'd remember more, but I don't and I don't.
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MillieJo Donating Member (147 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:15 AM
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7. Poor Lockerbie... This is the aftermath in Scotland...
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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 08:46 AM
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8. And yet the US continues to harbor airline bombers Luis Posada and Orlando Bosch.
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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-21-08 10:01 AM
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13. Bushco also has given Gaddafi and Libya a pass on this...
:grr:
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-08 10:08 AM
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16. The husband of my mom's cousin was a passenger on that flight
I really hate terrorist bombers, and countries that coddle them.
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