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TWA Flight 841
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TWA Flight 841

On September 8, 1974, TWA Flight 841 took off from Tel Aviv, Israel, en route to JFK International Airport. It was scheduled to land in Athens, followed by Rome, and then proceed to New York. After stopping for 68 minutes in Athens, it departed for Rome.

However, 18 minutes after takeoff, the plane exploded and crashed into the Ionian Sea. All 79 passengers and nine crew members were killed.

Although the idea of terrorism was initially scoffed at, the National Transportation Safety Board determined later that the plane was destroyed by a bomb hidden in the cargo hold. A youth organization in Beirut claimed the blast, and suspicion has fallen on Abu Nidal and his terror organization.