Not every body aboard the plane died from the explosion. 8 passengers did. Or maybe they didn't die from the explosion after all. Maybe they were sucked into engine 3 and vaporated. We simply don't know. The 8 bodies are missing and not accounted for. They were all sitting in rows 23 to 28 in the economy section, just above the blast section.
2 other bodies from aboard the aircraft are not accounted for. 7 Lockerbie residents are missing. They were residents of the Sherwood Crescent area, and they probably became vaporated, when the fuel-loaded wing and center section of the aircraft crashed and exploded.
The majority of the people aboard Pan Am 103 died as a result of severe multiple injuries at different stages. In plain english this means they were literally crushed, hit, ripped apart and cut to death. People were killed as the aircraft disintegrated, as it hit ground, and some had been thrown from the aircraft fuselage during integration and at impact.
Most bodies fell in clusters. About 60 victims fell near Lockerbies famous golf course at the towns east end. About 50 bodies landed together with the fuselage in Ellen Ramsdens garden.
Some bodies were found in trees, some inside fragments of the plane, others lying spread-eagled in the mud. Death had reached them quick but violent. Some of the people aboard the aircraft have been conscious about their final fate all the way down.For some of them the fall took almost 2 minutes - the lack of oxygene in the uppe spheres might have let people meet death unconsciously, some might have regained consciousness when falling further down into oxygene-rich atmosphere. 2 bodies could not be identified. 658 bags of human remains are still to be identified.
Only one woman survived the accident. But not for long. Scottish rescue
workers found a woman on the ground with a pulse.
But the pulse was gone 10 minutes later. The woman was never conscious, never lived to tell about her experience during those horrible minutes before the crash.
1) the majority of passengers who most likely died immediately from injuries;
2) a smaller number with less-severe injuries but whose vital organs were extensively damaged, causing immediate death or unconsciousness;
3) and two passengers with less-severe injuries.
"It is possible that this third group may have survived for a short
time," Bussuttil said.
When asked if one or both might have survived given the "best qualified medical team possible," Bussuttil replied: "There is a possibility that, if resuscitation was available immediately with access to hospital facilities, there could have been survival." Bussuttil pointed out that, given the plane's altitude when it exploded, the victims' 2-1/2-minute free fall would have reached speeds of about 120 miles per hour. "Some victims may have fallen faster because they were attached to heavy parts of the aircraft," he explained. "Some may have fallen more slowly because they were with parts of the aircraft which fluttered down."
Relatives and friends of Pan Am 103-victims still suffer from stress disorders and depressions today. But right after the crash no one was there to offer professional disaster councelling for the relatives.
11 people from Lockerbie were killed as a direct result of the crash.
The victims of Lockerbie
The crew of Pan Am 103 was killed as well.
The crew of Pan Am 103
Pan Am keeps records of their passenger lists years back, on microfilm
archieves. Passenger-lists are supposed to be public, as soon as the plane
has landed, and passengers loaded off.
Passenger List from Pan Am 103
Pan Am Flight 103 passenger positions
Pan Am 103 had some more or less famous passengers. Here is a selective list of some of them:
Another evident suspect and lucky passenger from Pan Am 103 was a certain mr. Weinacker who never made it to the gate of Pan Am 103 in London, although his luggage did - and his suitcase, a beige softsided Samsonite bag, was loaded into the container, where the alleged explosion had took place, i.e. container AVE 4041 PA. For a couple of days mr. Weinacker must have felt like Fhima and Megrahi....but eventually police let go of him.
Another lucky guy was mr. Steve Green, Assistant, Office Intelligence DEA. Mr Steve Green has been seen, on the tarmac, watching the take-off of the doomed plane Pan-Am 103 at London Airport Heathrow. Together with him, Oliver Revell junior, survived Pan Am 103 by a lucky strike of incredible coincidences. Oliver Revell junior is the son of Mr. Oliver Buck Revell, member of the FBI ...and one of the American head investigators in the Lockerbie case!
Finally did mr. John McCarty, U.S. Ambassador, Cyprus, change his mind about boarding Pan Am flight 103. He lived to tell about it, while others didn't.
why Jim Swire, who lost his daughter 21.12.1988 in that crash, formed the
Lockerbie Victim Committee in order to represent the views and anger of
those ever unable to speak up. The commite was formed on April 1st 1989
at Russel Square Hotel, not far from the British Museum. It is named: UK
Families Flight 103 . Apart from a group in the USA, this is the biggest
and most influental group of victim's relatives and friends to continuously
lobby the world for an answer. The leader of the group is dr. James Swire,
father of Fiona Swire, who was killed in the crash.
Apart from a group in the USA, this is the biggest and most influental group of victim's relatives and friends to continuously lobby the world for an answer. The leader of the group is dr. James Swire, father of Fiona Swire, who was killed in the crash.
This is the biggest American Victim Support Group for the crash of Pan Am 103:
Victims of Pan Am Flight 103
PO Box 31
Joppa, MD 21085
phone (201) 391-0823
About the compensation-suit against Pan Am:
The families of three passengers brought proceedings against Pan Am
in New York in 1992 leading to a 13 week trial. The jury returned a special
verdict finding Pan Am guilty of wilful misconduct in disobeying US government
directives requiring the inspection of unaccompanied baggage.
Pan Am were said to have failed to institute the appropriate procedures at Frankfurt. The jury awarded damages to the three families totalling US $19,960,000. The cases of 207 other passengers will follow this decision. Pan Am appealed the judgement of the New York District Court, challenging both the jury's finding of liability and the amount of damages awarded. Pan Am's appeal attempted to deal with the evidence relating to the alleged non-compliance with the regulations, and argued that any non-conformities were due to innocent mistakes.
The court held that the evidence overwhelmingly supported the jury's conclusion that, but for Pan Am's wholly inadequate terrorist prevention techniques and deliberate indifference, the bombing and senseless loss of life would not have occurred. The awards, however, were altered to disallow damages for loss of parents' care and guidance where the plaintiff child was not a minor. The Lockerbie incident struck a deep chord in the US, standing as a reminder of collective vulnerability to wanton terrorist acts. The attack also contributed to the demise of Pan Am, one of the world's first airlines.
This decision paved the way for determination of the balance of passenger claims.
The American relatives are now starting to find other ways to seek even more compensation money from elsewhere. Thus they use American civil legislation to file a lawsuit against Libya, whom they believe is guilty of putting the bomb on Pan Am 103. How can they do that, when Fhima and Megrahi never have been tried in the US ?
Well, think back to the O.J.Simpson case.....he was filed not guilty in a criminal court, but guilty in a civil court, having to pay compensation even if he was aquitted by the criminal court. This can only happen in a place like the USA, the only country in the world with such a system.
However, in order to get their claims against Libya tried by a jury,
the evidence against Libya will not be made public by both the criminal
courts in the US as well as the British/Scottish police. They refused to
provide the criminal evidence to the American Victim's commitees for trial.
So until further, there can be no just civil trial against Libya in the
USA to the regret of the many American relatives. Lawyer Lee Kreindler
invited the relatives of the British and Scottish victims to join him in
the USA for such a trial, but surprisingly they refused.
There is a memorial place at Arlington Churchyard/Cemetary in USA, which has been built up by 270 stones, directly imported from Lockerbie, Scotland.
On 21st of December 1993, senator Edward Kennedy made a speech there,
and on December 21st 1995, president William Clinton held a speech
there to further his re-election.
Not all US relatives are happy about their governments and the lack of effort and enthusiasm for the cause of Pan Am 103. Much talk, but few actions, is what the relatives say the Clinton administration is doing.
Human rights say, that any accused person is innocent until procen guilty . In the legal system of the UN, people are usually innocent until proven Libyan !!! (or Irish or Iraqi or Sudanese or muslim or black or jewish or....)
Abdel Basset Ali al-MegrahiSome say this Libyan citizen is guilty. He has never been proved to be guilty. He remains innocent until proven guilty. But he has suffered imprisonment, psychical harrasment, and his legal rights have been violated. His family suffers.He cannot travel outside Libya on holiday. He is one of the alleged culprits, that the governments of USA and UK say is responsible for placing a bomb aboard Pan Am 103. As things are going right now, he seems just to be another rival to the list of scapegoats.
Lamen Khalifa FhimaSome say this Libyan citizen is guilty. He has never been proved to be guilty. He remains innocent until proven guilty. But he has suffered imprisonment, psychical harrasment, and his legal rights have been violated. His family suffers.He cannot travel outside Libya on holiday. He is one of the alleged culprits, that the governments of USA and UK say is responsible for placing a bomb aboard Pan Am 103. As things are going right now, he seems just to be another rival to the list of scapegoats.
Muammar Abu Meniar Al-QadhafiThis is the man, that continously is beeing blamed as the master mind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103. But not one person has laid forward any proof. We can go on blaming everybody from the Pope to Mother Teresa for having done the crime...but without proof, all allegations are pure fantasies. One might like Qadhafi or dislike him. But he has rights, too. His human rights are at this minute beeing violated by the accusations of the USA and the UK. If YOU were in his shoes...wouldn't you suffer, too ? On how many innocent people will the blame be put, until the USA and the UK are satisfied and content ?
Libyan citizens, 100 % not involved in the Lockerbie Incident, such as Libyan children, elderly and other weak Libyan citizens are dying today because of UN-sanctions against Libya since 1992. They are forced to travel with ship, since all air-traffic in and out of Libya is forbidden. Some Libyans actually don't make it travelling through the desert at 40 degrees celsius. They die of heart failure.
Libyans die from not beeing transferred by aircraft for surgery in emergency
situations. Libyans die in domestic flight air-crashes, because of lack
of spare parts. Libyans and other Arabs residing in USA or UKare beeing
harrassed for no apperate reason.Libyan national economy is rolling downwards.
I could go on and on....
Read the UN-report on the impact of the UN-sanctions against Libya
More about Libya, UN-sanctions and the crash of pan Am 103
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