Despite its financial difficulties, TWA has compiled an exemplary safety record over the past three decades, but it has had a star-crossed history of being victimized by terrorists.
TWA’s history as a major overseas carrier has made it a repeated target of foreign terrorism, often focused around Athens. The plane that crashed Wednesday had flown in from Athens just hours before.
But the St. Louis-based airline has not had a fatal accident that wasn’t related to terrorism since 1974, the year a TWA Boeing 727 crashed near Washington D.C., killing all 92 people aboard.
In 1974, a bomb in the cargo bay of a TWA Boeing 707 went off as the plane was approaching Athens, killing 88.
Eleven years later, a TWA flight from Athens to Rome was hijacked by Lebanese Shiite Muslims, who killed a U.S. serviceman before releasing hostages in Beirut. And in 1986, a bomb in the passenger compartment of a TWA Boeing 727 landing at Athens blew a hole in the fuselage, and four people fell to their deaths.