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Alas Chiricanas Flight 901

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Alas Chiricanas Flight 901
Date July 19, 1994
Summary In-flight explosion by bombing, unsolved crash
Site near Colón, Panama
Aircraft type Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante
Operator Alas Chiricanas
Registration HP-1202AC
Flight origin Enrique Adolfo Jiménez Airport
Colón, Panama
Destination Tocumen International Airport
Panama City, Panama
Passengers 18
Crew 3
Fatalities 21

Alas Chiricanas Flight 00901, registered HP-1202AC, was an Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante aircraft flying en route from Colón city to Panama City which exploded shortly after departing Enrique Adolfo Jiménez Airport, on the night of July 19, 1994. All 21 on board, including 12 Jews, were killed in the bombing. Both Panamanian and American authorities consider the bombing an unsolved crime and an act of terrorism.

The wreckage of the Bandeirante was strewn about the Santa Rita Mountains near Colón. Panamanian investigators quickly determined that the explosion had been caused by a bomb, probably detonated by a suicide bomber aboard the aircraft. Only one body was not claimed by relatives; this body is believed to be that of a man named Jamal Lya.[1] Officials suspected that the incident was an act of terrorism by Hezbollah directed against Jews in part because it took place one day after the AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires, and due to an expression of support by "Ansar Allah", a Hezbollah affiliate in South America.[2][3]

In 2018, the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela said recent evidence and intelligence reports "clearly show it was a terrorist attack," and that he would ask local and international authorities to reopen the investigation. The FBI have in its investigations identified the perpetrator to have been a passenger named Ali Hawa Jamal.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Seeking Information" page for Jamal Lya from the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
  2. ^ "Palestinian Jihadist group splits from Hezbollah". Jerusalem Post. December 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Global Supply Chain Security: Emerging Topics in Research, Practice and Policy, Andrew R. Thomas and Sebastian Vaduva, page 48
  4. ^ "Panama says new evidence shows 1994 plane crash 'terrorist' incident". BBC News. 22 May 2018.

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