Pan Am Flight 103

This Timeline displays events related to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and was created by the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the tragedy.

Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on December 21, 1988. The Boeing 747, named Clipper Maid of the Seas, was en-route from London Heathrow to New York JFK when it exploded over the small town of Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 passengers on board and 11 people on the ground were killed. Thirty-five of the victims were students studying abroad through Syracuse University.

Helsinki Warning is issued to U.S. Government posts in Europe

In response to an unsubstantiated threat received by its embassy in Helsinki, Finland, on December 5, 1988 the United States Government notifies airlines, airports and embassies in Europe of a possible bomb attack against a Pan American World Airways flight leaving Frankfurt, Germany.

Pan American Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland

Pan American World Airways Flight 103 traveling from London Heathrow to New York-JFK explodes 31,000 feet above Lockerbie, Scotland.

Memorial Service held at Syracuse University

An interfaith memorial service held at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome is attended by approximately 15,000 people.

Sabotage suspected in the destruction of Pan American Flight 103

British investigators report that crash debris indicates a bomb in the forward luggage compartment caused the explosion of Pan American Flight 103.

Helsinki Warning reported to the public

The circumstances surrounding the Helsinki Warning (see 5 Dec 1988) are released to the public.

Memorial Service held at St. Patricks Cathedral, NYC

A memorial service is held at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City to honor the 270 people killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Demonstration and memorial vigil in Washington D.C.

Relatives and friends hold a demonstration in front of the White House.

Lockerbie Air Disaster Friendship Group for Relatives formed

Lockerbie Air Disaster Friendship Group for Relatives is established by members of the Lockerbie community who wish to assist relatives visiting the village and the crash scene.

British Investigators report that a bomb in the luggage compartment caused the explosion

The Department of Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch announces that a bomb placed in the forward cargo hold of Clipper Maid of the Seas caused the midair destruction of Pan Am Flight 103.

Memorial Service held in Lockerbie

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher joins 700 mourners at a memorial service for the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 (known internationally as the Lockerbie Air Disaster), held at Dryfesdale Church in Lockerbie.

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