TWA Flight 840 (1986)
This article is about the 1986 bombing. For the 1969 hijacking, see TWA Flight 840 (1969)
TWA Flight 840 (1969)
TWA Flight 840 was a Trans World Airlines flight from Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport in Rome, Italy to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, that was hijacked on 29 August 1969...


Trans World Airlines
Trans World Airlines
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 Flight 840
, registration N54340, was a Boeing 727-231
Boeing 727
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 flying en route from Rome's Fiumicino Airport to Athens
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. A bomb was detonated on the aircraft while it was over Argos, Greece, ejecting four American
United States
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 passengers (including a nine-month-old infant
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) to their deaths below. Five others on the aircraft were injured as the cabin suffered a rapid decompression. The remaining 110 passengers survived the incident as pilot Richard "Pete" Petersen made an emergency landing.

A group calling itself the Arab Revolutionary Cells claimed responsibility, saying it was committed because of "American arrogance" and clashes with Libya
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 in the Gulf of Sidra
Gulf of Sidra
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 the week before. 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
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 woman (later arrested, never convicted) who worked for the Abu Nidal Organisation, which was opposed to the peace process.

Victims, Deceased

  • Demetra Stylianopoulos, 52 (mother of Maria Klug)
  • Maria Styllan Klug, 25
  • Demetra Klug (the infant, 8 months old and daughter of Maria)
  • Alberto Ospina, 37


Police sources identified the injured Americans as Henry Sherman Siemsen, 70; his wife, Myrtle Faye Siemsen, 67 (both from Los Angeles, CA) and James Carlton Denon.
The four injured Greeks were identified as Panayotis Karasavas, George Matessis, Despinia Hioti and Eleni Phillips.

See also

  • List of accidents and incidents on commercial airliners
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