Terrorist Attack in the Rome Airport - December 1973
Terrorist Attack in the Rome Airport - December 1973
A major tragedy to affect the Saudi Aramco communities was the Rome Airport terrorist attack on 17th December 1973. Many of the dead and injured were employees, families, friends, and relatives visiting for Christmas. Very little information was included in the company newspaper. We have included a company cable listing the dead and injured who were connected to the company in some way and The New York Times listing of dead and injured. For a detailed description see The New York Times on the 18th and 19th of December 1973.
The following is a complete record of a cable sent to the Jeddah office with information about company employees, dependents, and relatives who were involved with the Rome Airport attack.
GROH URGENT FOLLOWING ARAMCO-RELATED PEOPLE REPORTED DEAD AS RESULT OF ROME AIRPORT INCIDENT
MURIEL BERKA, MOTHER-IN-LAW OF W. STOELZEL
HENRIETTA ECHMENN, MOTHER OF MARGARET ECHMANN
ROBERT GHORMLEY, STUDENT SON OF EMPLOYEE R. E. GHORMLEY
WALKER HEYWOOD, STUDENT SON OF C. P. HEYWOOD
CLARENCE HILDERBRAND, BROTHER OF MRS. ALEX SZOSTEK
THELMA HILDERBRAND, WIFE OF CLARENCE HILDERBRAND
PATRICIA JULAVITS, NIECE OF MRS. ROBERT OERTLEY
EMILY KEMPF, MOTHER OF J. LEADBEATER
JANE KIRBY, STUDENT DAUGHTER OF D. R. KIRBY
MARY MARTIN, SISTER OF JULIA HUNT
RUSSELL TURNER, SON OF W. B. TURNER
MARY WAMP, MOTHER OF SCHLUMBERGER EMPLOYEE WAMP
MARGARET WILSON, MOTHER-IN-LAW OF AL DOWELL
BONNIE PRESNELL, NIECE OF DR. C. B. HAGGARD
THE INJURED HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS FOLLOWS:
TRAVIS WILSON, FATHER-IN-LAW OF AL DOWELL
FRANCIS V. MANION AND AGNES T. MANION, FATHER-IN-LAW AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF P. J. HALPIN
ROBBIN HAGGARD, STUDENT DAUGHTER OF DR. HAGGARD
OTHERS IN THE ARAMCO CHARTER GROUP WHO WERE REPORTED TO HAVE ESCAPED INJURY INCLUDE:
ELSIE BLYTHE, VISITING LAFLAMMES
THE WILLIAM DIGIOIA FAMILY, VISITING THE HUDDLESTONS
MILDRED JANUARY, VISITING THE LOWMANS
MR. AND MRS. LLOYD ELKINS, SR., VISITING SON LLOYD
RANDALL KIRBY, STUDENT SON OF THE KIRBYS
MR. AND MRS. GEORGE FRASER, VISITING THE DE ST. CROIX
MR. AND MRS. ADOLPH TABOR, VISITING THE TABORS
M. E. ANDERSON, VISITING M. C. ANDERSON
BARBARA MCKINNEY AND BONNIE GEISLER, STUDENTS VISITING THE STOELZELS
THE PAN AM FLIGHT WAS CARRYING SIXTY-FIVE PASSENGERS, THIRTY-FIVE OF THEM ON THE ARAMCO SPECIAL CHARTER.
NEW YORK TIMES, New York, Tuesday, December, 18, 1973.
Pan Am List Of Survivors
Following is a list of survivors of the explosion of the Pan American World Airways jetliner attacked at Rome's international airport by Arab guerrillas yesterday. The airline, which issued the list in New York, said it would not identify the dead until today.
ANDERSON, M. E.
GULPIRUCK, Miss S. (hospitalized)
KOWSARMADA, Mrs N.
NOGUCHI, Mr. R.
PRESNELL, Bonnie (hospitalized)
TABOR, A. C.
WAKITOJAR, Mr. S.
Pan Am Employees
ERBECK, Capt. Andrew C., Las Vegas.
DAVISON, First Officer Robert C., Stamford, Conn.
PFRANG, Kenneth M., engineer, Plymouth, Wis.
FRANCO, Dominic K., purser, Commack, N.Y.
JACOBSON, Linda C., stewardess, Milton, Mass.
MARNOCK, Barbara R., stewardess, Winter Park, Fla.
DYER, Sharon G., stewardess, Albany, N.Y.
HAMEL, Laurette R., stewardess, Bedford, Mass.
PARROTT, First Officer John D., off-duty pilot, riding with passengers, Kew Gardens, Queens.
ROME, December 18 - Following is a list, made public today by Pan American World Airways, of names of 30 people presumed killed in yesterday's attack by Palestinian guerrillas at the international airport here. In addition to the 30 passengers and Pan Am employees, an Italian policeman was killed near the Lufthansa jet that was commandeered.
ABDELATIF, Inani, Moroccan state secretary for Economic Planning.
BERKA, Muriel, Iowa, Aramco employe.
DE ANGELIS, Giuliano, 35, Teheran, Iran, Alitalia clerk.
DE ANGELIS, Mrs. Emma Zanghi, 34, his wife.
DE ANGELIS, Monica, 9, their daughter.
DOUKKALI, Mounir, Moroccan under secretary of state for youth and sports.
ERBECK, Mrs. Andrew, wife of the pilot.
ECKMAN, H., Aramco employe.
FILIPE, Miss, Portugal.
GHORMLEY, R., Aramco, employe.
HILDEBRAND, C, Marshalltown, Iowa, Aramco.
HILDEBRAND, T., Aramco.
JULAVITIS, Miss Pamela, Franklin, Ind., Aramco employe.
KEMPF, Mrs. Emily, Denver, Aramco employe.
KIBRY, Miss Jane, 19, student at Harding College, Searcy, Ark.
LAZRAK, Mohammed, general secretary at the Moroccan Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
MARTIN, Mary, Aramco employe.
NARCISO, Raffaele, 41, an Italian mining expert.
PEREZ, Diana, Pan American purser.
PRESNELL, Bonnie, 20, of Greenback, Tenn., who died of severe burns in the hospital.
RODRIGUES, Miss, Portugal.
ROUNTREE, Mrs. Bruce, Columbus, Ohio, Aramco employe.
TUNINGA, Lambert, 47 Rome, Pan American catering official.
TURNER, Russell, Aramco employe..
WALKER, Charles Heywood, Aramco employe.
WAMP, Mary, Dansville, N. Y., Aramco employe.
WILSON, M., Houston, Aramco employe.
WOUTERS, Miss, Belgium.
ZAILACPII, Mekki, Attache in the Moroccan Premier's office.
ZIETTSMAN, A., Johannesburg, South Africa.
A Pan American spokesman said that the nationality of some of the presumed victims had not yet been established. Several bodies at the Rome University morgue have not yet been identified.
The New York Times, Wednesday,
December 19, 1973