Libya Is Sued Over 1986 Pan Am Hijacking

From Times Wire Reports

Libya is being sued for $10 billion over the Sept. 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, in which at least 20 passengers were killed.

The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, seeks payment from Libya, its leader Moammar Kadafi, and five convicted terrorists who seized the plane at an airport. Libya supported the attackers, the suit alleges.

The pilots fled, and the hijackers fired on passengers while negotiating for a flight crew to take them to Israel.

The suit was filed by relatives of 13 people who died and by 131 surviving passengers and crew.


A spokesman for Libya did not return calls for comment.