On December 21, 1988, a passenger jet exploded over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. The catastrophe was the result of a terrorist bombing and resulted in the deaths of 270 people—all passengers and crew on the plane, as well as 11 on the ground.The flight, Pan Am 103, kept a regularly scheduled daily route from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, making two stops along the way—one in London, England, and one in New York City, New York. Two warnings about the London-New York leg of the December 21 flight preceded the bombing. Airline and airport officials increased their security screenings of passengers and baggage, but failed to detect any unusual material.After years of intense investigation by Scottish and U.S. authorities, two Libyan men were accused of planting the bomb during the flight’s layover in London. The suspected motive was retaliation for the United States and the United Kingdom engaging the Libyan military in the Gulf of Sidra years earlier. Libya refused to extradite the accused men until 1999.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry aircraft Noun
vehicle able to travel and operate above the ground.
system or business that provides air transportation.
area with facilities for the landing, takeoff, shelter, supply, and repair of aircraft.
growth of abnormal cells in the body.
disaster or sudden, violent change.
having to do with sympathy and a desire to help others.
person or organization accused of a crime or other wrongdoing.
to expand with great speed, force, and noise.
to turn over an accused criminal to another state or nation at the state's request.
having committed a crime or other offense, or been convicted of doing so.
extreme or strong.
process involving examination and research into a topic or situation.
aircraft that moves by burning fuel.
to go before.
buildings that house convicted criminals and people accused of a crime and awaiting trial.
reprisal, or an act taken in response to an injury or offense.
path or way.
set of time tables or deadlines for appointments or completion of tasks.
safety or stability.
person accused of a crime.
fatal or ending in death.
having to do with the use of non-military violence and/or threats of violence to achieve or advocate political change.
human settlement larger than a village and smaller than a city.
judgement of a person or organization's responsibility for a crime or misdemeanor.