TIL in 1972 a note left in a locker at JFK Airport demanded payment or bombs would go off on 4 TWA planes leaving that day. Police found one bomb but cleared the other TWA flights. The next day a bomb exploded on a TWA plane at McCarran Airport in Vegas – it was one of the planes cleared to leave NY

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  1. Although it was cleared, they were still wary about the plane and had a watch around it. Fortunately no one was injured or killed. According to the article, they also never determined who planted the bombs and it remains a mystery to this day.

    >But after the New York bomb discovery, would this other TWA jet be cleared go up, up and away again?”
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    >They searched this plane. Let it fly. It flew from New York to Las Vegas. It had 10 passengers on it. We wouldn’t do that today very often.”The 707 landed safely at McCarran, taxied in, and the travelers deplaned.
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    >But authorities were still wary.”They searched it again here and didn’t find anything,” said Hall-Patton. “But they put armed guards around it. There was armed deputy sheriffs watching the plane.”
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    >Despite those precautions, at 3:50 a.m. on March 8, 1972, an explosion rocked the tarmac.”It’s the only time that a bomb has ever gone off at McCarran International Airport.”
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    >… TWA never paid the extortion money and the demands stopped. No one was ever charged, and the mystery of the 707 explosion at McCarran airport 45 years ago remains unsolved today.

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