Lockerbie Wreckage on its way back to Scotland. Will the truth ever be found who was really responsible for it?

The BBC website had a piece on Lockerbie yesterday that the wreckage from the crash has been moved from Farnorough back to Scotland and it is still part of an ongoing enquiry, that few speak about. The AIB Air Investigation Branch  gathered all the recoverable wreckage and it was put back together at Farnborough a haunting reminded of “man’s inhumanity to man” The enquiry never really proved much and to me much is all hidden in the vaults of the governments of the UK & The USA  all secrets in a murky past. One of the last things Brown did as PM was evoke a  secrecy clause on the incident which ties in much of the truth till most of us are dead. Is this what we want?  I was part of the Rescue attempt with Mountain Rescue and various other Agencies many of us bare the scars for life of what we saw. A tragedy is not finished when the funerals are over many carry the burden for all their lives of what they saw and did. The work by the AIB  and Police was painstaking and we helped by marking wreckage as we found it and making a map of the scene. I listen to the tragedies recently in Boston and the USA promises to find and punish those who do it harm. After Lockerbie only one person was found guilty of this crime that took so many innocents it is a strange world we live in?

This is from the report “Winds of 100 knots (190 km/h) scattered passengers and debris along a 130 km (81 mile) corridor over an area of 845 square miles (2189 km²). Two hundred and seventy people from 21 countries died, including 11 people on the ground.

The Wreckage path of the aircraft over 2000 Kilometres.

The Wreckage path of the aircraft over 2000 Kilometres.

 

From the BBC website

The Crown Office has confirmed that part of the wreckage of the aeroplane that exploded over Lockerbie has been returned to Scotland.The reconstructed fuselage of Pan Am flight 103 had been stored by the Air Accident Investigation Branch in Farnborough for the last 24 years.However, due to the refurbishment of a hangar, it has now been taken to a secure location in the Dumfries area.

The families of the 270 victims of the bombing have been told.The flight was blown up over the south of Scotland town of Lockerbie in December 1988.

All 259 people on board the plane, which was travelling from London to New York, were killed, along with 11 others on the ground.Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was the only person to have been convicted of the bombing.

Megrahi, who was released from jail by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, died last year still protesting his innocence.

Rebuilt wreckage now back in Scotland - The enquiry continues?.

Rebuilt wreckage now back in Scotland – The enquiry continues?.

British investigators have been working to establish if there were other individuals in Libya who could be brought to trial for their involvement in the attack. The Crown Office said that as the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing remained live, it would not comment further on the relocation of the wreckage from Farnborough to Scotland.

Investigators painstakingly reconstructed a large part of the aircraft’s fuselage wreckage which was recovered from a huge area following the crash.At first they were collected in Longtown, over the border from Lockerbie in Cumbria, but later were put together on a massive frame at the AAIB facility in Hampshire.

There, prosecutors studied where the bomb had been positioned and how its explosion had fatally damaged the jumbo jet.

Now, however, the AAIB needs the space and is refurbishing the hangar. ‘Extremely disappointing’

Last week a convoy of lorries brought the wreckage back to Scotland, to be housed near Dumfries.It can be reassembled, as each of the pieces has been carefully catalogued.Prosecutors have always insisted the investigation into the bombing remains live, and they require to keep the pieces for evidential reasons. Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell said he had concerns about the handling o the latest development.

“Discussions regarding moving the Lockerbie wreckage back to Scotland as part of live investigations have been ongoing for some time,” he said.

“It is extremely disappointing that such moves have gone ahead without communication and consultations locally ahead of the event taking place.

“I have spoken to the Lord Advocate and communicated this disappointment.” From the BBC website

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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