- Wreckage from doomed plane being stored near Tattershall, Lincolnshire
- Remains can not be moved until investigations into blast complete
- 270 people were killed after aircraft exploded above Scotland
05:11 GMT, 23 December 2013
06:17 GMT, 23 December 2013
Overgrown and long-forgotten, this pile of twisted metal is the wreckage of Pan Am flight 103 – hidden away in a scrapyard some 25 years after the tragic Lockerbie bombing.
Shrouded from view behind high fences and surrounding trees, the aircraft’s distinctive blue and white livery is clearly visible in these aerial photographs.
The remains of the bombed jet was taken to the scrapyard in rural Lincolnshire shortly after the disaster on December 21, 1988, and have lain there ever since.
Remains: This pile of twisted metal is the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 – hidden away in a Lincolnshire scrapyard some 25 years after the tragic Lockerbie bombing
Distinctive: Shrouded from view behind high fences and surrounding trees, the aircraft’s distinctive blue and white livery is clearly visible in these aerial photographs
Wreckage: The 325 tonnes of mangled alumunium alloy can not be moved from the site until all investigations into the tragedy have been completed
The 325 tonnes of mangled alumunium alloy can not be moved from the site until all investigations into the tragedy, which killed 270 people, have been completed, according to the Mirror.
In the aftermath of the crash, some of the wreckage was taken to an Army based in Cumbria, where it was examined by experts, while the mid-section – which felt the full force of the bomb – is being kept by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in Hampshire.
However, most of the remains of the aircraft are being stored at Windley’s salvage scrapyard, near Tattershall.
Scene: Rescue workers examine the nose of Pan Am flight 103 in the hours after the explosion on December 21, 1988
The doomed plane was on its way from London to New York when it
exploded above Lockerbie, in southern Scotland, on the evening of
December 21 1988, less than an hour after take-off.
Everyone on board the flight was killed, as were 11 people on the ground.
Many of the victims were American college students flying home for Christmas, including 35 Syracuse University students participating in a study abroad program.
The attack, caused by a bomb packed into a suitcase that was smuggled on board, remains the deadliest act of terror in Britain.
Damage: Wrecked houses and a deep gash in the ground caused by the plane when it crashed in the village of Lockerbie
On Saturday mourners, including relatives of those killed and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond, gathered for a special memorial service in the town to mark 25 years since the terrorist blast.
Only one man, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was convicted of the bombing in January 2001 and given a life sentence.
However, he was freed in August 2009 under compassionate release ground after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, to the outrage of many of the victims’ families.
He died in May last year, although many unanswered questions over who was behind the blast remain.
Sombre: Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond lays a wreath at Dryfesdale Cemetery, near Lockerbie, at Saturday’s memorial service
Grief: Jane Schultz (centre), whose son Thomas died in the explosion, was among those who attended the service