It is hard to believe that this tragic event that happened 30 years ago to this day. I'm sure the majority of us remember the horrific scenes of devastation that appeared on our screens over the days that followed?
For me as it was for many it was a town that I'd never previously heard of but it soon became one that would now be forever engrained in people's minds.
At the time Annie was heavily pregnant with our twins and worried for me as only three weeks later I was flying out to the US for a week on business.
I've just been reading a few articles on the BBC News website that serve to remind us well of a tragedy that some mercenaries inflicted only days before what should have been a happy Christmas for those affected.
Other articles have also covered how those involved at the scene at the time are still affected by what they saw, as well as showing the memorial that now stands for those that lost their lives: 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 residents of Lockerbie itself.
I'm going to say this once and once only Gene: Stay out of Camberwick Green!
I remember this well. Apparently, the intention of the bomber was that it was timed to go off when the plane was over the Atlantic, but there was a delay of about half an hour on take off so detonated over Lockerbie.
By a strange coincidence, Britain's worst ever rail disaster was in the same area, at Quintinshill
Post by Arthur Pringle on Dec 21, 2018 17:15:49 GMT
I doubt most of us could recall the date & year this atrocity happened. Particularly hard for a small community to come to terms with & be forever associated with something so horrendous. How do you make sense of it & the Blair government's toadying to Gaddafi? And it's still an ongoing criminal investigation.
RIP to all the victims.
Do you mind not calling me squire or chief or boyo or mate?
As you say Sam, it is probably a town that a lot of us had never previously heard of but it is indeed engrained in most of our minds now. I remember watching a documentary about victims and their family members, friends etc. One guy said that he should have been on that plane but arrived at the airport too late and missed the flight. That must be something that he has spent a lot of time thinking about as he said that he actually sometimes felt guilty for missing it; although his family were obviously relieved when they found out that he was alive and well after initially thinking the worst. For me one of the most haunting pictures is that of part of the cockpit which was shown many times on news footage.
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
The wreckage was scattered over 1.2 miles which isn't surprising given the bomb was detonated at 31000 feet while the plane was travelling at a shade under 500MPH. You can only pray that most on board knew nothing about it when it happened. I say most as the official inquest heard that a flight attendant was found still alive by a farmers wife, but passed away before help could be summoned.
An appalling atrocity.
One of the notable passengers who perished in the disaster was former Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel bass player Paul Jeffreys
Post by Kenny Dalglish 1979 on Mar 20, 2019 22:36:42 GMT
I remember this as well. I was only 9 and can remember the news coverage. On the day it happened, ITV were scheduled to show Magnum Force straight after News At Ten but had to delay it till midnight because of the extended highlights.
A few months before, President Zia of Pakistan had died in a plane crash.