Pan Am Flight 103, a regularly scheduled transatlantic flight, traveled from Frankfurt to Detroit via London and New York City.
The transatlantic portion of the voyage was flown by Clipper Maid of the Seas, a Boeing 747-121 with the registration N739PA.
When an onboard bomb exploded and brought the airliner down over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, just after 19:00, it killed all 243 passengers and 16 crew members.
When significant sections of the airliner fell in a Lockerbie area, eleven people perished.
After a three-year joint investigation by the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrest warrants were secured for two Libyan individuals in November 1991.
A Libyan man and Leader Muammar Gaddafi turned up the two individuals for trial at Camp Zeist, the Netherlands, in 1999 after extensive negotiations and U.N. sanctions.
In relation to the explosion, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Libyan man, was found guilty of 270 charges of murder and given a life sentence in jail in 2001.
The Scottish government freed him in August 2009 after learning that he had prostate cancer out of compassion. He was the sole one convicted of the attack, and he died in May 2012.
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Lockerbie bombing suspect, a Libyan man, is in custody
A Libyan man accused of helping to construct the bomb that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988 is currently in U.S. custody, according to authorities in the U.S. and Scotland who made the announcement on Sunday.
According to a spokeswoman for the U.K. Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, the U.S. accused him of his alleged involvement in the bombing two years ago.
When the bomb detonated above the Scottish town while it was traveling from London to New York, 270 people perished in the incident.
Arrest and Charges of a Libyan Man
According to the U.K. official speaking to CNN, the relatives of those murdered in the Lockerbie bombing have been notified that the suspect “Mas’ud” or “Masoud” is in an American prison.
Scottish prosecutors and police will carry on their investigation in coordination with U.S. and U.K. government representatives with the sole purpose of bringing charges against anyone who helped Al Megrahi.
With putting explosives in a portable tape player and radio discovered within baggage on the plane, Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah and Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi were indicted.
Megrahi was sentenced to 27 years in jail in 2001 but was subsequently freed after being told that she had cancer. In 2012, he passed away. Fhimah was found not guilty.
According to reports from the United States and Scotland on Sunday, an American has taken custody of a Libyan man who is thought to have contributed to the construction of the bomb that brought down Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in December 1988.
An official from the U.K. Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service stated that Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi was tried in the U.S. for his alleged involvement in the bombing two years prior.
270 people were killed when the bomb over the Scottish town detonated as the jet was flying from London to New York.
It is anticipated that Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi would make his “initial appearance in the U.S. court for the District of Columbia,” according to a U.S. spokeswoman.
Al-Marimi, the alleged bomber of Pan Am Flight 103, was brought into American custody, the Justice Department announced in a statement early on Sunday.