A Historic Event
December 21 1988
Was when Pan Am Flight 103 met its fate,
It was about to begin its ocean flight
When a concealed bomb went off early that night;
Killed: all the passengers as well as the crew,
Plus eleven unlucky bystanders too.
The people of Lockerbie were desolate
That an exploding airplane should desecrate
Their historic small town's unsuspecting site,
And mourned their comrades' most unfortunate plight,
It took some time before anybody knew
To what the dreadful calamity was due.
The officials chosen to investigate
Made accusations against the Libyan state:
Libyan terrorists, acting with deadly spite,
Had planted the bomb that made the plane ignite,
These grim accusations then steadily grew
Until it was believed they had been proved true.
There were memorials built to dedicate
To the lives that were lost on that fearful date,
Where friends of the fallen can yearly unite,
Keeping their memory forever alight,
And historians of today can review
The reasons for why such evils accrue.
Synopsis: Pan Am Flight 103 was en route between London and New York and was at a height of 31,000 feet when a time-delayed bomb exploded, killing all 259 people on board, plus 11 on the ground. The crash occurred over the town of Lockerbie in Scotland.
Since most of the passengers were American, terrorism was suspected, and eventually two Libyan citizens were charged. At first Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi refused to hand them over, but finally did so in 1998 after economic sanctions had been crippling his country. Ali Mohan al-Megridi was convicted of the crime and sentenced to 20 years' gaol. Another man was released.
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