Final destination (1988)

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

1988 -

On the evening of the 21th of December 1988, a loud, roaring noise was the only warning a village in Scotland got before hell broke loose. That evening, Lockerbie was shaken up by a massive crash. The flight Pan Am 103 exploded mid-air and came crashing to the ground; all the 259 passengers and crew members losing their lives. Because of the debris that was falling from the sky, another 11 people died on the ground. The Clipper Maid of the Seas had reached its final destination.

Flames in the sky
The explosion was huge and a strange noise could be heard from the ground. A crash was inevitable. A small solace could be that because of the sudden climate change, the passengers lost consciousness immediately following the explosion. Only seconds passed before the most horrifying rain ever occurred above Lockerbie. 259 bodies fell from the sky and landed in and around the village.

It took a three-year investigation to find out what exactly happened and if someone could be held accountable. It turned out to have been an attack, because the explosion was caused by a bomb, hidden in a cassette recorder in one of the suitcases. Two suspects were tried, one of which was in the end convicted to spend the rest of his life in jail. The crash was an outright disaster and it still is a dreaded event in history.

360 trivial fact
Only 16km from Lockerbie lies the Chapelcross atomic power plant.


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