Pan Am Flight 830
Boeing 747-100 (N742PA) at Zürich Airport
|Date||August 11, 1982|
|Site||Pacific Ocean, Northwest of Hawaii|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 747-121|
|Aircraft name||Clipper Ocean Rover|
|Operator||Pan American World Airways|
|Flight origin||Narita International Airport|
|Stopover||Honolulu International Airport|
|Destination||Los Angeles International Airport|
Pan Am Flight 830 was the route designator of a flight from Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii. On August 11, 1982, the Boeing 747-121, nicknamed "Clipper Ocean Rover" was flying from Narita to Hawaii when the airplane was damaged by a bomb that had been placed on board. Despite the damage to the aircraft, Captain James E. (Skipper) O'Halloran III was able to land in Honolulu safely.
At the time of the explosion, the aircraft was approximately 225 kilometers northwest of Hawaii, cruising at 36,000 feet (11,000 m) with 270 passengers and 15 crew on board, The bomb, which had been placed under a seat cushion exploded, killing 16-year-old Toru Ozawa, a Japanese national. The blast also injured 15 other people (including Ozawa's parents) and caused damage to the floor and ceiling. The aircraft remained airborne and made an emergency landing in Honolulu.
The bomb was placed by Mohammed Rashed, a Jordanian linked to the 15 May Organization. In 1988, he was arrested in Greece, tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. He was paroled in 1996 after serving eight years. He was later extradited to the US from Egypt in 1998 to stand trial. In 2006, as part of a plea bargain agreement he was sentenced to a further seven years in federal prison. As per his agreement with US prosecutors in providing information about other terrorist plots he is set to be released in March, 2013.
Abu Ibrahim was also indicted in the bombing of Pam Am Flight 830 and in 2009 was been placed on the FBI's most wanted list. On November 24, 2009, the Department of State announced that it was offering a reward of up to $5M for Abu Ibrahim, now about 73 years old. The previous reward of $200,000 had produced no results.
The aircraft was later put back in service by Pan American World Airways and remained in operation for various carriers through the early 1990s. It served as a prop for the 1996 film Executive Decision for the fictional airline Oceanic Airlines.
- Criminal Occurrence description at the Aviation Safety Network
- U.S. Department of Justice Jordanian Man Sentenced in 1982 Bombing Of Pan Am Flight From Tokyo To Honolulu
- Airliners.Net 1981 picture of the "Clipper Ocean Rover"
- AP Investigation: Terrorist eludes US in Iraq, by Adam Goldman and Randy Herschaft (Associated Press-Yahoo News; April 5, 2009)