Glenmont woman who nearly took doomed 1988 flight to pay first visit to crash site

April 24, 2019 07:08 PM

When Kim Wickham flies to Europe a little more than a month from now, she wouldn't call it a vacation. The Glenmont woman says it'll be more like a journey of emotional necessity.

You would think that most people who are about to fly to Europe are excited, thrilled, exuberant about their trip. Not her.


"I don't even want to go, honestly, but it's more of a need of feeling that you need to go," she explained.

Lockerbie is the town where Pan Am Flight 103 fell to the ground, December 21, 1988. Among the 270 people killed in the terrorist attack were 37 college students from Syracuse University, Kim Wickham's classmates. She was supposed to be with them.

"All I saw was like a little bubble with Momma Lang saying, 'Kimmy, Kimmy you must come for Christmas,'" she recalled.

Spending Christmas with German friends did more than change Wickham's life. That's why Frankfurt will be the second stop on her upcoming trip.

"Ultimately, they did save my life and I'm so lucky that I know them and I really can't wait to see them," she said.

Meanwhile, going along with her to Lockerbie will be Renee Boulanger, the older sister of Nicole Boulanger, Wickham's best friend from college, whose remains were never found.

"It actually scares me to death bringing her over there with me, but I think it's something both of us need to do," said Wickham.


Dan Levy

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