Yesterday marked the 27-year anniversary of the Pan Am 103 disaster. On Dec. 21, 1988, a terrorist-planted bomb exploded on that flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. All 259 on the flight were killed. The resulting crash killed an additional 11 people on the ground.
|Pan Am flight 103, 21 Dec. 1988|
We'll all certainly be discussing the attacks of September 11, 2001, with our students. Using earlier terrorist incidents like the Pan Am 103 explosion and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing help to put that attack into historical context because the coordinated airplane hijackings on that date were but the latest incident of the use of terror by non-state groups. This 41-second CNN clip reports that 1993 terrorist bombing: