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Pages: 336
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 2 greyscale illustrations, 8 page greyscale plate section

The Forgotten Flight

Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice

Stuart H. Newberger

Combining the international intrigue of le Carré with the courtroom drama of John Grisham, this real-life legal thriller asks how we can bring leaders of sovereign nations to account for their crimes

The Book

On 19 September 1989, 170 people were killed when French Airlines UTA Flight 772 was destroyed by a suitcase bomb while en route from Chad to Paris. Despite being one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in history, it remained overshadowed by the Lockerbie tragedy that had taken place ten months earlier. Both attacks were carried out at the instruction of Libyan dictator Qaddafi, but while "Lockerbie” became synonymous with international terrorism, UTA 772 became the "forgotten flight”.

As a lawyer, Stuart H. Newberger represented the families of the seven Americans killed in the UTA 772 attack. Now he brings all the pieces together to tell its story for the first time, revealing in riveting prose how French investigators cracked the case and taking us inside the courtroom to witness the litigation against the Libyan state that followed. In the age of globalization, The Forgotten Flight provides a fascinating insight into the pursuit of justice across international borders.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 336
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 2 greyscale illustrations, 8 page greyscale plate section

About the Author

Stuart H. Newberger is a senior partner at international law firm Crowell & Moring. His practice handles complex international disputes, many involving the actions of governments. He lives in McLean, Virginia.


'This is an engrossing, well-paced and tautly written book by an author who...has complete mastery over his material.'

- Adrian Weale, Literary Review

‘Newberger's well-researched book ensures that UTA Flight 772 will no longer be forgotten.'

- Wall Street Journal

‘Gripping, shocking, forensic: a true legal thriller that captured me entirely.'

- Philippe Sands, author of East West Street

‘Gripping…The Forgotten Flight is both a thriller and a detective story, but - more importantly - it shows how the rule of law can be used to make terrorists financially accountable for crimes against innocents.'

- Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

‘In the war against terrorism, lawyers can make a difference. Author Stuart Newberger demonstrates what one committed lawyer can accomplish. A must read for all those interested in how the rule of law can be an important weapon in the ongoing struggle.'

- Kenneth Feinberg, former Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

‘Newberger deftly breaks down the diplomatic flourishes and political motivations of the four countries involved in a complex web of determining culpability for state-sponsored terrorism. This is an engrossing and approachable narrative that skillfully distills the intricacies of this niche of international law and sensitively conveys the sorrows of the loved ones seeking a measure of justice.'

- Publishers Weekly

‘[A] delineation of a complex, important court case against Libyan terrorism that required years to extract accountability and compensation for the victims.'

- Kirkus

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Site


Part I: Death in the Skies, Deals with the Devil 1989-2001

1  19 September 1989

2  The Prelude

3  Lockerbie

4  The Plot

5  Crossroads

6  The First Fake-Out

7  The Second Fake-Out

8  The American Way

9  A Change in the Rules

10  The Getaway


Part II: The Journey for Justice 2001-2013

11  Gemini

12  Chief of Mission

13  The Turnaround

14  The Forgotten Flight

15  The Race

16  Accountability

17  The Last Mission

18  Unanimous Consent

19  Espousal


Epilogue: Memorial