Terrorist: Lockerbie bombing
|Birthname||Pan Am Flight 103|
|born on||21 December 1988 at 19:02:50 (= 7:02 PM )|
|Place||Lockerbie, Scotland, 55n07, 3w22|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||00°09' 12°14 Asc. 08°30'|
Scottish aircraft explosion, espionage. Caroline Gerard of Scotland writes on 25 September 1990, "The report published on 11 September by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Dept of Transport states that the plane was cleared to taxi onto the runway at 18:04 GMT, took off at 18:25, established two-way radio contact with Prestwick airport at 18:58 which transmitted oceanic clearance at 19:02:44. This was not acknowledged since the bomb exploded at 19:02:50 while the plane was at 31,000 ft. It began to break up within three seconds, disintegrating until the wings hit Sherwood Crescent, Lockerbie at 19:03:36 GMT. It plunged nearly six miles to the ground in 46.5 seconds, horribly."
Twelve years later, two Libyans accused of the attack that killed 270 people finally came to trial, on 3 May 2000. After years of diplomatic wrangling and painstaking investigations, the trial began in Camp Zeist, Netherlands. The families of victims brought high emotion into the court as the explosion was described. Investigators named the suspects, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah after years of sifting through the evidence and following it's trail. Both pleaded innocent, trying to lay the blame on two Palestinian groups.
On 31 January 2001, the Lockerbie case closed with a split decision. A Scottish court sitting in the neutral territory of the Netherlands convicted Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, former head of Libyan aviation security, of the murder of 270 people in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland while co-defendant Lamen Khalifa Fhimah was acquitted due to insufficient evidence.
In 2003, Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims, although he maintained that he had never given the order for the attack. During the Libyan Civil War, in 2011, a former government official claimed that the Libyan leader had personally ordered the bombing.
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Caroline Gerard, precise time of explosion
Rolf Liefeld quotes Report No: 2/1990 - Report on the accident to Boeing 747-121, N739PA, at Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, Scotland on 21 December 1988: "Place of Accident: Lockerbie, Dumfries, Scotland (...) Date and Time (UTC): 21 December 1988 at 19.02:50 hrs"
- Mundane : Disasters : Deranged Actions (Aircraft espionage)
- Mundane : Political : Terrorist attacks (Pan-Am #103)