This Friday marks the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster over Scotland that killed 270 people. Several victims were young and from the Capital Region.
Sgt. Edgar Eggleston, of Glens Falls, had been raised in a military family. On December 21, 1988, he was on his way home- one of 259 people on board Pan Am Flight 103 when a bomb exploded while the jet was over Scotland.
The plane was en route from London to New York. When the aircraft plummeted to the ground it claimed the lives of some of the residents of Lockerbie, including young children.
Eggleston was stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The flight was the last minute option.
“He came home because Mom was dying, and he was supposed to get married that weekend and he had his wedding rings. It was definitely something that completely changed everything,” his brother Billy Eggleston said.
Like Edgar, many of the victims were also young people just beginning their lives and careers. Some were Syracuse University students with family back home in the Capital Region.
The national tragedy was a local tragedy. Years later, Lybia claimed responsibility for the bombing; however, Billy and his family felt justice was not served when a prime suspect was freed after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
On Friday, Billy asks that we all focus on Edgar and the other victims instead of the attack that claimed their lives.