The Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, shocked the world. The bombing killed all 243 passengers and 16 crew members, and another 11 people on the ground when large sections of the plane crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland.
Then-Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi eventually handed over two men for trial. In 2001, Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for the bombing. He was the only person to be convicted for the attack. He was released by the Scottish government in 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died in May 2012.
Among those killed in the bombing were 35 Syracuse University students and two students from SUNY Oswego College, including Colleen Brunner of Hamburg.
Twenty-five years after the attack, here is a look back at the bombing with stories from our archives. Check out Friday's Buffalo News for a new story from Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck.
From the archives:
- Death of Lockerbie bomber offers no solace to families (May 21, 2012)
- Victim's sister wants bomber back in prison; Does not expect rebels to comply (Aug. 23, 2011)
- Scottish stand by release of Libyan (Aug. 21, 2011)
- Cancer expert's regrets upset Lockerbie kin (Aug. 16, 2010)
- Families of U.S. victims generally denounce Scottish decision to free dying Libyan (Aug. 21, 2009)
- Victim's mother reflects on talk of Libyan offer (May 30, 2002)
- Despite 'good news,' pain remains for area Lockerbie victim's mother (April 6, 1999)
- Parents of Lockerbie victim get $2.6 million in damages (Aug. 4, 1995)
- Oswego memorial honors 2 victims of jet bombing (April 14, 1993)
- Mother finds comfort as plot unfolds (Nov. 24, 1991)
- Memorial honors Syracusans killed on Flight 103 (April 23, 1990)
- Pan Am put money before lives, mother of Flight 103 victim says (Feb. 17, 1989)
- Families pull together after Pan Am tragedy (Dec. 25, 1988)
- Hamburg grad among dead, family learns (Dec. 22, 1988)