Muslim Terrorist Who Detonated Bomb on Pan Am Flight 830 Freed from Prison


Here is how it was reported back in August 1982.

(AP)  When a bomb explosion ripped a hole in the cabin of the Boeing 747 he was piloting between Tokyo and Honolulu, Captain Roy Hawk said that his “job was to fly that plane to safety.” And he did.

The Pan Am Jumbo Ket was carrying 285 people on the “late flight” out of Tokyo.

Hawk, 50, had just called for clearance from Honolulu International Airport to descend from 35,000 feet to 26,000 feet. The plane was about 135 miles– 25 minutes– from the airport.

Suddenly, “We felt the pressure change in the cockpit and heard a sound we thought was an engine backfire,” Hawk said.

A few seconds later, the bottom fell off the pressure gauge and “we thought we lost total pressure in the cabin,” Hawk said.

“It wasn’t too bad in the cockpit because we were isolated from the explosion, but I imagine back in the cabin, the shock hurt pretty bad. It was a mess there.

The explosion had been a bomb planted by a splinter group from the PFLP, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.  The explosion had blown a hole through the fear passenger cabin killing a Japanese teenager and wounding 15 passengers.

One passenger, Tom Stanton, 34, of Honolulu, said, that after the explosion there was “all this smoke and debris and passengers screaming… there was a lot of panic in the far back of the airplane, passengers were yelling and screaming.”

Toru Ozawa, the 16-year-old boy killed in the blast, was sitting with his parents who were only slightly injured. They transported his body back to his native Japan.

Under the Bush Administration, the United States was still hunting some of those responsible.

In the rear of the plane, 16-year-old Toru Ozawa lay on his back in the aisle. His lower abdomen had been ripped open, his intestines seeping out. The explosion had also sheered off one of his legs. He called out for his mother and father; they watched in horror as he died.

The man behind the bombing: Abu Ibrahim, who controlled a web of dangerous operatives while living in Baghdad under the protection of Saddam Hussein.

On Aug. 11, 1982, Mohammed Rashed, a top 15 May lieutenant, boarded a flight from Baghdad to Tokyo along with his Austrian-born wife Christine Pinter and their child.

Before Rashed, Ibrahim’s apprentice, disembarked in Tokyo, he activated a bomb under the cushion of window seat 47K. Once on the ground, Rashed and his wife got off the plane, which continued to Honolulu. Ozawa, who was on vacation with his family, sat in Rashed’s seat.

While the bomb killed Ozawa and injured 14 others, Rashed’s mission was only a partial success. Despite a large hole in the cabin floor exposing the cargo area, the plane managed to land safely.

It took a while to get Rashed.

The CIA wanted to snatch Rashed first in Tunis in 1986 and then in Sudan in 1988. It never happened.

While the FBI waited out Ibrahim, agents did manage eventually to arrest Rashed in 1998 after he was released from a Greek prison. The Jordanian pleaded guilty to bombing the 1982 Pan Am flight in December 2002

But now Rashed is being set loose after spending fairly little time in prison.

Rashed wrote AP from prison — even though his plea agreement prohibited media interviews — saying he and Ibrahim met in Iraq in the 1970s and bonded “over the Palestinian cause and other politics topics.” Rashed emerged as a top lieutenant and bomb courier as Ibrahim prepared explosives intended for American and Israeli targets. He was, prosecutors say, a “cold-blooded killer” with a criminal history that included drug smuggling, escaping from a Turkish prison and traveling the world under fake passports and bogus identities.

“The sad thing about this is Toru Ozawa is dead. He’d be a man with a family, and it was heartbreaking,” said Dan Bent, then Hawaii’s U.S. Attorney. “He was killed right in the presence of his family. He was eviscerated by this bomb.”

Roy Hawk, the Pan Am 830 pilot, said he’s never forgotten the carnage inside the plane. He was dismayed to learn of Rashed’s pending release.

“To tell you the truth, I never figured he’d be released,” Hawk said. “I just figured he’d be in prison the rest of his life, and that was it.”

Who needs Gitmo and military trials anyway? Except perhaps the family of the boy he murdered.

  • Malandini

    what country or state is this in? who is responsible? thank you.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Actually, the PFLP operates under the tutelage of Abbas/Abu Mazen, whose mentor was the godfather of modern terrorism/suicide bombings, "Chairman" Arafat. You know, the same fella who received a Nobel Peace Prize from the halls of disrepute, and the same terror outfit (PA/Fatah) Washington (and all the rest) want Israel to cede its heartland to.
      Moreover, the ISM, a US based umbrella group, which enjoys tax exempt status as a "non-profit", has DEEP ties to the PFLP and its tentacles. So, as this monster is being released, scores more like him are plotting the same terror attacks, some of whom are facilitated by the taxpayer's dime – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/28/the-assorted-

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Actually, the PFLP operates under the tutelage of Abbas/Abu Mazen, whose mentor was the godfather of modern terrorism/suicide bombings, "Chairman" Arafat. You know, the same fella who received a Nobel Peace Prize from the halls of disrepute, and the same terror outfit (PA/Fatah) Washington (and all the rest) want Israel to cede its heartland to.
      Moreover, the ISM, a US based umbrella group, which enjoys tax exempt status as a "non-profit", has DEEP ties to the PFLP and its tentacles. So, as this monster is being released, scores more like him are plotting the same terror attacks, some of whom are facilitated by the taxpayer's dime – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/28/the-assorted-

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Ghostwriter

    That guy deserved to rot in prison. The family of the Japanese teenager who was killed deserved better.

  • ziontruth

    This is a demonstration of how mercy demands capital punishment, and how it is the height of cruelty to withhold it.

  • JerryJ26

    Seal Team Six, where are you?

  • Brujo Blanco

    Problem with terrorists, particularly suicide murdererels, they believe they are gonna mission for Allah. They will not stop because they have been caught and/or punished. This is a case which should have been for life and I mean the punk dying in jail.

    • william

      The one way to stop these cowardly murderers is to make certain they do not want the death you will give them. Every person has a fear or two!

  • tagalog

    What was his plea agreement? The commentary says he pled guilty to "bombing." Wasn't there a first-degree murder charge? What happened to that?

    How much time did he get as part of his plea bargain?

    I know 1982 was a long time ago, but murder is murder.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "How much time did he get as part of his plea bargain?"

      7 years starting in 2006 I believe. Supposedly he cooperated and Islam is truly a religion of peace. We can always trust our political leaders. Neither politicians nor jihadis ever lie, not to each other and certainly not to us.

  • Ziggy Zoggy

    Anybody know what prison he is being held in?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Anybody know what prison he is being held in?"

      Federal, not sure where.

    • Anonymous

      According to reports he's being held at "Federal Correctional Institution, McKean, a medium-security jail in Pennsylvania."

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "The man behind the bombing: Abu Ibrahim, who controlled a web of dangerous operatives while living in Baghdad under the protection of Saddam Hussein."

    That's impossible. There was no connections between Hussein and Islamic terror. Come on you teabaggers, you just wanted the oil and you wanted to show off your weapons and manliness and all of that stuff.

    Regards, early bird

    Berkeley Ca, in a tree somewhere needing a hug.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Let 'em hug a tree that's on fire.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Let 'em hug a tree that's on fire."

        I'll get the firehose as soon as my union-required lunch break is finished.

  • Cathy

    Airline bomber set to be released from prison
    By ERIC TUCKER and RANDY HERSCHAFT – Associated Press
    By ERIC TUCKER and RANDY HERSCHAFT The Associated Press
    Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON — Mohammed Rashed slipped a bomb beneath the jetliner seat cushion, set the timer and disembarked with his wife and child when the plane landed in Tokyo. The device exploded as Pan Am Flight 830 continued on to Honolulu, killing a Japanese teenager in a 1982 attack that investigators linked to a terrorist organization known for making sophisticated bombs.
    It would be 20 years before the bomber – and one-time apprentice to Abu Ibrahim, currently featured on the FBI list of most wanted terrorists – would admit guilt in an American courtroom.
    Now, credited for his cooperation against associates, Rashed will be released from federal prison within days after more than two decades in custody in Greece and the United States.

    Read more:
    http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/03/16/3216229/airli

  • Cathy

    What a betrayal to Toru Ozawa and his family. The scales of justice was not balanced.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "What a betrayal to Toru Ozawa and his family. The scales of justice was not balanced."

      These things can happen in those random events of "workplace violence." Don't blame the poor oppressed individual who just happened to be connected with placing the bomb. He's a de facto victim.

  • goemon

    next is the blind sheik. guess someone wants it to seem that Allah favors the jihadists.