The Bombing of PAN AM Flight 103
PAN AM flight 103, taxied down London’s Heathrow airport at approximately 6:04 P.M., on December, 21st, 1988 en-route to New York City (Rosenburg, 2014). With 243 passengers and 16 crew members, “Clipper 103” as it was identified, had no clue they had roughly 38 minutes to live (Rosenburg, 2014). As the crew approached the oceanic portion of the flight the pilot requested permission from the tower to proceed with their journey over the Atlantic Ocean. This was the last time air traffic control would have verbal contact with the aircraft (Ushynskyi, 2009). A midair explosion sent all 259 people on board to a fiery grave.
On September 11, 2001, a sequence of organized suicide attacks, conducted by al-Qaeda, occurred around 8 o’clock that morning. Earlier that morning, the four commercial passenger jet airliners, that were later crashed into buildings, were hijacked by nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists. These terrorists intentionally crashed two of the planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The third was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, and the fourth plane was crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The passengers of the fourth plane fought the terrorist men by trying to regain control over the plane. These attacks killed over 3,000 people including the nineteen terrorists, and caused many people to realize that the United States will forever be changed. Since that day, the prevention of more terrorist attacks has become the number one focus in America. Over the years, the American society has seen many changes occur regarding government laws that increase security, provide more access to private files, and protect our homeland.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorist extremists hijacked four commercial planes, the planes deviated from their original routes. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York, one of the planes crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed en route to either the White House or the Capitol. Nearly 3000 civilian lives were lost that day.
September 11th, 2001 is one of the worst days in the United States of America’s history by far. It all began at 8:45am when a stolen airplane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Many people believed that this was...
Throughout history there have occurred many tragic events. On Sept. 11, 2001 an unforgettable event occurred, and will be remember throughout the ages of the United States history. On the tragic day of 9/11 a day that will be unforgettable, the unthinkable happened. The terror stuck the heart of New York City, two planes crashed into the world trade center and total chaos occurred, and lives where lost, and many injured. The terror didn’t end there, other plane hit The Pentagon. Thousands of lives were lost in a single morning, people scatter for help and to be saved, and some died trying to save them. On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Each team of hijackers included a trained pilot. The hijackers crashed two of the airliners (United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11) into the World Trade Center in New York City, one plane into each tower and resulting in the collapse of both buildings soon afterward. A nearby church and the rest of the World Trade Center complex's 7 buildings were also destroyed or damaged beyond repair. A third airliner (American Airlines Flight 77) was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft (United Airlines Flight 93) attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers, that plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanks Ville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In addition to the 19 hijackers, 2,973 people died, another 24 are missing and presumed dead. But I think there’s more behind the story.
On September 11th of 2001 Islamist terrorists hijacked four planes and drove two of the planes into the World Trade Center buildings, also known as the ‘Twin Towers’. Many lives on this day were lost; 9/11 goes down as one of the most tragic days in American history, but also a day that created many safety changes. As the World Trade Center was being terrorized by two planes, Flight 11 and Flight 175; a third plane was flown into the ‘Pentagon’, Flight 77 as another plane, Flight 93, followed crashing into the field of the Pentagon. America decided to take action for society’s safety and create many organizations and laws that would be endeavoring to protect all.
Terrorism occurs all around the world, and because of that, security of airports should be at its maximum. After the Belgium airport bombing, the security debate picked up steam again, specifically in Europe, where the terrorist attack occurred. However, the Belgium bombing was not the first shocking terror. The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 struck fear within many people, it being one of the first memorable events caused by a terrorist. This individual, "In violation of security procedures...picked up some Air Malta baggage tags for 'Abdulbset'..." (Wicker 29). In this example, this bomber, worked with the airport. It goes to show how easy it was for this individual to go unnoticed and get the bomb onto the plane. With this said, security should be placed in all parts of the airport and not just for checking passenger luggage, as well as
An American airline Boeing 767 filled with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north side of the world trade center. The tower collapsed on its twin and they both fell over. Trapping thousands of people and killing much more. Television cameras taking live images of the attack. Nearly 3,000 people were killed including 400 police officers and firefighters. This attack happend on September 11, 2001 at 8:45 a.m.
¨We shall never forget, We shall keep this day, We shall keep the events and the tears In our minds, our memory and our hearts and take them with us as we carry on.¨ by: Anonymous (Memorial Website). An epic turn in history all around the world, around 3000 people lost their lives, the two world trade center’s crashed into pieces, the pentagon was crashed… all of this occurred on September 11, 2001. This date till today causes people to tear, as they remember themselves watching the event occur in person, TV or websites. The entire world was watching while it occurred. This attack caused a great impact all around the world, no one could believe what was happening and how. As soon as people got the news they realized that in a blink of an eye one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the United States of America had hit. This date caused negative impact on all kind of industries especially the aviation industry, in this paper you will learn exactly how this industry was affected.
As far back as 1955, terrorist threats against the airline industry have jeopardized the safety and security of airline passengers. This paper chronologically describes some of the events that caused preventive measures to be proposed and in fewer cases implemented. The fact that there is a terrorist threat against our nation’s airline industry has not changed, but the methods that these radicals employ to bring harm to travelers has grown much more sophisticated. The techniques in use by the government and the airline industry to prevent a catastrophic event have not kept pace. As the events of September 11th unfolded, it became obvious that the havoc a well-planned terrorist attack could wreak on a nation, or even the world had been taken to a new level. Nothing these terrorists did was novel, yet the idea of a well-coordinated attack using commercial aircraft as weapons of destruction was completely new. Now, as the images of hijacked airplanes plowing into the World Trade Center are still fresh in our minds, we must take full advantage of the emotion and will of the people as well as technology to bring effective airline security measures in line with current and future threats.