Scotlands History

The Lockerbie bombing

On 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie. All 259 people on board and 11 local people were killed.

Pan Am Flight 103 was a transatlantic flight from London Heathrow Airport to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. It was full of men, women and children looking forward to Christmas.

A bomb smuggled onto the plane exploded as the flight passed over Lockerbie. All the passengers and crew lost their lives. A wing section hit Sherwood Crescent, killing 11 Lockerbie residents. 190 American citizens were killed. Citizens of 21 different countries lost their lives.

A memorial was officially unveiled at Arlington National Cemetery on 3 November 1995. Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, has a garden of remembrance and memorial stones dedicated to the victims of the Lockerbie bombing.

An investigation led to the arrest and trial of two Libyans. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was convicted of murder on 31 January 2001 and sentenced to life imprisonment. Controversially, Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds in August 2009 as he has terminal prostate cancer. He returned to Libya.

  • Image of the Crashed Pan Am aircraft at Lockerbie
  • Image of The Lockerbie Memorial

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