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Date:Wednesday 2 April 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-231
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: N54340
MSN: 20845/1066
First flight: 1974-08-29 (11 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 114
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 121
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:over Argos (   Greece)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
While descending through FL100 a bomb exploded, causing a 1,40 x 1,60 m hole in the fuselage near seat 10F. Four passengers were ejected through the hole in the fuselage. The aircraft landed safely at Athens.

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.

» Internat. Herald Tribune 3.4.86


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Athens-Ellinikon International Airport as the crow flies is 1063 km (665 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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