TWA Flight 840 bombing
A Boeing 727-231 of TWA, similar to the aircraft involved in the incident
|Date||April 2, 1986|
|Aircraft type||Boeing 727-231|
|Operator||Trans World Airlines|
|Flight origin||Los Angeles International Airport|
|1st stopover||John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|2nd stopover||Leonardo da Vinci Int'l Airport|
|3rd stopover||Athens (Ellinikon) Int'l Airport|
|Destination||Cairo International Airport|
Trans World Airlines Flight 840 was a regularly scheduled flight from Los Angeles to Cairo via New York City, Rome, and Athens. The flight originated in Los Angeles on a Boeing 747 and transferred to a Boeing 727 in Rome for the remainder of the flight. About 20 minutes before landing in Athens, a bomb hidden underneath seat 10F was detonated on the aircraft while it was over Argos, Greece, blasting a hole in the plane's starboard side. Four American passengers, including an eight-month-old infant, were ejected through the hole to their deaths below. Seven others on the aircraft were injured by shrapnel as the cabin suffered a rapid decompression. The remaining 110 passengers survived the incident as pilot Richard "Pete" Petersen made an emergency landing.
The bodies of three of the four victims were later recovered from a meadow near Argos; the fourth was found in the sea.
A group calling itself the "Arab Revolutionary Cells" claimed responsibility, saying it was committed in retaliation for American imperialism and clashes with Libya in the Gulf of Sidra the week before. Investigators concluded that the bomb contained one pound of plastic explosive. It is suspected it had been placed under the seat cushion on a previous journey by a Lebanese woman (later arrested, never convicted) who worked for the Abu Nidal Organisation, which was opposed to the peace process.
- Demetra Klug, 8 months, Bethesda, Maryland
- Maria Styllan Klug, 25, Bethesda, Maryland
- Alberto Ospina, 37, Stratford, Connecticut
- Demetra Stylianopoulos, 52, Bethesda, Maryland
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- BBC (1986-04-02). "On This Day - 1986: Bomb tears hole in airliner over Greece". BBC News. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
- "FAA Registry". Federal Aviation Administration.
- TWA Pilot's Wife Says Her Husband is a Hero With PM-Plane-Bomb Bjt
- Bomb Blast On Airliner Kills 4 Jet Lands Safely In Greece
- "Abu Nidal Organization (ANO) attacked Airports & Airlines target (Apr. 2, 1986, Italy)". MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base. April 3, 2001. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 26, 2012.