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The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103: 25 Years Later

A quarter of a century has passed since the tragic events of December 21, 1988. But to some, it seems like only yesterday that Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board—including 189 Americans—and 11 Scots on the ground.

Dec 21, 2013 02:30 PM

The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103: 25 Years Later


A quarter of a century has passed since the tragic events of December 21, 1988. But to some, it seems like only yesterday that Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 people on board—including 189 Americans—and 11 Scots on the ground.

Today, as in years past, the victims were honored during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Lockerbie Cairn—a memorial built of 270 blocks of red Scottish sandstone, each representing a life that was lost in the disaster. Friends and family members of the victims were joined by investigators and other officials with ties to the case to remember their loved ones and reflect on that unforgettable day. Among the attendees was former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who led the investigation into the attack when he was an assistant attorney general at the Department of Justice.

The passage of time has not healed all wounds inflicted by this disaster, and this day will forever serve as a solemn reminder that the fight against terrorism is an unending one. The FBI remains committed to that fight.

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