Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

UTA flight 772--19 September 1989

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 19 September 1989

Location: near Bilma, Niger

Type of event: terrorism


A French UTA passenger DC-10 was destroyed in mid-air over Niger by the explosion of a luggage bomb at 2:00 PM. While en route from N'Djanen, Chad, to Paris, the bomb exploded in the cargo area, causing the plane to break up and crash near Bilma, Niger, 46 minutes after takeoff. The bomber is believed to be a man from Congo who deboarded at N'Djanen, but Libyan state involvement is also suspected.

Consequences: 171 killed


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