July 19, 1996 in Nation/World

Twa Has Been Target Of Terrorists

Compiled From Wire Services

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.

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