On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was involved in a fatal terrorist attack. While on its way from Frankfurt to Detroit, an explosion caused the flight to crash in Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 people aboard the plane and another 11 on the ground were killed. Libyan leader, Muarmmar Gadaffi, apologized and paid compensation for the attack. It was later found that Gadaffi ordered the bombing.
Pan Am Flight 103 (also known as the Lockerbie bombing) was a Pan Am transatlantic flight from London Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York that was destroyed by a bomb on Wednesday, 21 December 1988, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members. Large sections of the plane crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland, killing an additional 11 people on the ground.
1988 ♦ December 21 – Pan Am Flight 103, a Boeing 747, disintegrates in the air over Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, after a terrorist bomb explodes on board. All 259 people on board and 11 on the ground are killed. The incident is also known as the Lockerbie air disaster.