THE LOSS OF N739PA "CLIPPER MAID OF THE SEA" 

Compiled by Grahame Higgs

I confess that this is not an ADF or even an Australian crash site however, if there is one name that raises the blood pressure of any Crash Hound it must be..


LOCKERBIE for a variety of reasons.

In the early evening of 21st of December 1988, Pan American Boeing 747-121 constructors No 19646, registered N739PA, delivered in February 1970 as Clipper Morning Light but subsequently re-named Clipper Maid of the Seas, departed London Heathrow for New York at 18:25, and into infamy as PanAm Flight 103.

LOCKERBIE for a variety of reasons.

In the early evening of 21st of December 1988, Pan American Boeing 747-121 constructors No 19646, registered N739PA, delivered in February 1970 as Clipper Morning Light but subsequently re-named Clipper Maid of the Seas, departed London Heathrow for New York at 18:25, and into infamy as PanAm Flight 103.
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While approaching overhead Dumfriesshire Scotland, at 19:02:50 having levelled at Flight Level 310 some 7 minutes earlier, a bomb that had been placed aboard the aircraft exploded.   The aerodynamic forces acting on the ruptured airframe systematically destroyed the aircraft in flight, and with it 259 lives.

While approaching overhead Dumfriesshire Scotland, at 19:02:50 having levelled at Flight Level 310 some 7 minutes earlier, a bomb that had been placed aboard the aircraft exploded. The aerodynamic forces acting on the ruptured airframe systematically destroyed the aircraft in flight, and with it 259 lives. *


The disintegrating wreckage was scattered over two distinct trails which spread for 130 kilometres.   Much of it fell in and around the charming Scottish town of Lockerbie, where 11 more people were killed on the ground.

The disintegrating wreckage was scattered over two distinct trails which spread for 130 kilometres. Much of it fell in and around the charming Scottish town of Lockerbie, where 11 more people were killed on the ground.


The cockpit section struck the ground 4 kilometres east of the town at an estimated speed of 120 knots.

The cockpit section struck the ground 4 kilometres east of the town at an estimated speed of 120 knots.


An explosion generated by the impact of the wing and centre section fuel tanks created this 47 metre long, 560 cubic metre volume crater, destroying houses and lives in Sherwood Crescent on the outskirts of the town.

An explosion generated by the impact of the wing and centre section fuel tanks created this 47 metre long, 560 cubic metre volume crater, destroying houses and lives in Sherwood Crescent on the outskirts of the town.


The site of the crater, is today, ....

The site of the crater, is today, ....


a memorial park

a memorial park


that contains a plaque remembering those souls lost in Sherwood Crescent Lockerbie on the evening of 21st December 1988.

that contains a plaque remembering those souls lost in Sherwood Crescent Lockerbie on the evening of 21st December 1988.


Sherwood Crescent (arrowed) is on the edge of town between the North/South running B7076 and B7068/B723.   The bridge crossing the blue highway just south of the arrow can be seen in the photo of the park above.

The Dumfries Road, coloured pink on the map, runs out to the cemetery where many of the victims are buried ...

Sherwood Crescent (arrowed) is on the edge of town between the North/South running B7076 and B7068/B723. The bridge crossing the blue highway just south of the arrow can be seen in the photo of the park above.

The Dumfries Road, coloured pink on the map, runs out to the cemetery where many of the victims are buried ...

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