Fire In The Sky: Lockerbie
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On the 21st December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 blew up in the skies over Scotland, raining fireballs onto the small town of Lockerbie. All 259 people on-board, and 11 on the ground, died. Debris was scattered over 850sqm. It was the deadliest terrorist attack until 9/11.
In this landmark documentary, we trace the story of the bombing. From the local residents, to the emergency services personnel who faced the most difficult day of their careers; from the political implications to the personal tragedies. With unique access to original news footage, we piece together the story of disaster.
The eventual investigation began as an inquiry into an accident, but swiftly became a manhunt, the largest mass-murder case in Scottish history. After two years of investigation, the blame was laid at the door of Libyan intelligence and the regime of Colonel Gadaffi, and in 2001 Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted.
But the true story is the human one – a small town caught in the maelstrom of international politics, and struggling to cope.
STV and Smithsonian Networks