Incident Summary:

8/11/1982: A bomb exploded on Pan Am Flight 830 traveling from Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu, Hawaii. The explosive was hidden under a seat by Mohammed Rashid, a member of the 15 May organization, on the previous flight into Tokyo. During the descent into Honolulu the bomb detonated, killing a 15-year-old Japanese boy and wounding 15 others. The bomb also blew a 1-by-3 foot hole in the floor of the plane. The bomb did not damage the structural integrity of the aircraft and the pilot was able to safely land in Honolulu shortly after the explosion.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
Over international waters, on rout from Tokyo to Honolulu, during final descent.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Pan Am
Specific Description Pan Am Flight 830
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Passengers
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Time Fuse
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
May 15 Organization for the Liberation of Palestine Unknown
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Palestinian terrorist eludes U.S. in Iraq: Man suspected in 1982 Pan Am bombing has links to several terror groups," Associated Press, April 5, 2009.
"Rashid Trial Postponed For 8 days," Associated Press, October 15, 1991.
"Blast Kills Passenger On 747 Flight To Honolulu," UPI, August 12, 1982.