Posted by: sheenastrain | December 21, 2008

Remembering Lockerbie

Twenty years ago today Pan Am flight 103 was blown from the skies over the small Scottish border town of Lockerbie. All 259 people on board were killed, as were 11 people on the ground. To date, this remains the worst terrorist attack in Britain. From todays Telegraph;

“Many witnesses remembered fragments from the night which summed up the full horror of the atrocity. George Stobbs, Lockerbie’s senior police officer at the time, arrived in Sherwood Crescent, where the mid-section of fuselage had ploughed a vast crater into the ground, to see a firefighter holding a dry hose in his hands, silhouetted against flames. One of flight 103’s giant engines had severed a six-inch mains pipe in a nearby field, leaving the firefighter impotent.

“As he stood there, other houses burst into flames … He was just standing there, looking at the houses,” he said.

The disaster brought small acts of kindness. As local buildings were turned into impromptu morgues and collection stores for debris and luggage, townswomen had collected victims’ clothes, washed and ironed them.”

Read the rest here.


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