Aerial photos reveal Lockerbie plane wreckage lying in forgotten scrapyard

These chilling photos capture what is believed to be the mangled wreckage of the Pan Am plane which was blown up over Lockerbie 30 years ago.

Remains of the downed aircraft have been photographed lying in a heap at Windley’s Salvage, a scrapyard in Tattershall, Lincs.

It’s believed the splintered metal was transferred there in eight lorry loads from an Army base at Longtown near Carlisle.

Some 259 passengers and crew were killed when a bomb was detonated on Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland on December 21, 1988.

Eleven Lockerbie residents also died by falling debris in the tragedy, including two families.

It remains the worst terror attack in British history.

What remains of the plane has been pictured in a scrapyard, with metal wreckage visible in aerial photographs.

Following the attack, Insurance firm Lloyds hired Windley’s Salvage to store the majority of the scrap metal.

The mid-section of the plane – where the bomb went off in the cargo – remains at the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Only one person has been convicted over Lockerbie, Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was jailed for life in 2001.

Co-accused Lamen Khalifa Fhimah was acquitted. Al-Megrahi died in 2012, aged 60, after being freed on compassionate grounds three years earlier.

Dr Swire and a number of British victims’ families believe he may have been wrongly convicted.

In 2001, the Mirror revealed a security guard at Heathrow – where the New York-bound plane made a stop – discovered a break in at the Pan Am baggage area on the day of the attack. This was not revealed during the trial.

Libya was suspected early in the probe as former leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have wanted revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli in 1986.

But the finger of blame was also pointed at Iran. In July 1988, a US Navy warship in the Persian Gulf shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 civilians, including 66 children.

Pan Am Flight 103

December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, via London and New York, blows up over Lockerbie in Scotland. All 259 people on board are killed, along with 11 residents on the ground, including two families.

November 1991 Britain and the US accuse Libyans Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi and Al Amin Khailifa Fhimah of the bombing. Libya denies involvement.

January 1995 MPs demand an inquiry after US intelligence suggests Iran was behind the bombing – not Libya. American officials play down the report.

January 2001 Megrahi is convicted of mass murder. Fhimah is found not guilty

August 2003 UN lifts sanctions on Libya after Tripoli accepts the blame and compensates families of the victims.

August 2009 Megrahi is freed after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Returns home to Tripoli to cheering crowds. He dies in 2012.

October 2015 Authorities say they are investigating two more suspects linked to Libya.

November 2018 The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission says there was no criminality in the Megrahi case.

The Lockerbie Air Disaster Fund raised £2.4million, of which nearly half was spent compensating victims and the rest went on projects in the town.

Libya’s regime eventually accepted responsibility for the attack and agreed in 2003 to pay £1.7billion in compensation in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

Windley’s Salvage told The Sun it could not confirm whether the remains of the plane are kept at the scrapyard.

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