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NTSB Identification: DCA86RA023
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Accident occurred Wednesday, April 02, 1986 in ATHENS, Greece
Aircraft: Boeing 727-231, registration: N54340
Injuries: 4 Fatal, 9 Minor, 95 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 2, 1986, at about 1325 hours an explosion occurred aboard TWA flight 840 while the flight was descending into Athens, Greece, from Rome Italy. At the time of the event, the airplane was at an altitude of 15,000 feet and about 8 minutes from the airport. The explosion caused by a bomb tore a 3 ft. X 3 ft. Hole in the right side of the fuselage, adjacent to seat 10F. There was a rapid decompression and the flight crew declared an emergency. The airplane made an uneventful landing. The investigation was completed by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.