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Air India Flight AI182

एअर इंडिया विमान ए आई१८२

The above image is the actual image of the Air India Flight AI 182 Boeing 747-237B with Registration VT-EFO.

Date 23 June 1985
Summary Bombing
Site Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland
Passengers 307
Crew 22
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 329 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 747-237B
Aircraft name Emperor Kanishka
Operator Air India
Registration VT-EFO
Flight origin Montréal-Mirabel Int'l Airport
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stopover London Heathrow Airport
London, England, United Kingdom
Destination Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport
New Delhi, India

Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Montreal–London–Delhi route. On 23 June 1985, this Boeing 747-237B (c/n 21473/330, reg VT-EFO) – was blown up by a bomb at an altitude of 31,000 feet (9,400 m). It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while in Irish airspace. It was the first bombing of a 747 jumbo jet. A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadians, 27 British citizens and 24 Indians. The majority of the victims were Canadians of Indian ancestry**** incident was the largest mass murder in Canadian history,. The bombing of Air India 182 occurred at the same time as the Narita Airport bombing. Investigators believe that the two plots were linked, and that the group responsible was aiming for a double-bombing. However the bomb at Narita exploded before it could be loaded onto the plane.
Canadian law enforcement determined that the main suspects in the bombing were members of the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa. The attack is thought to have been a retaliation against India for the anti terrorist operation carried out by the Indian Army Operation Blue Star to flush out several hundred Sikh militants who had entrenched themselves within the premises of the Golden temple and the surrounding structures ordered by the Government of India, headed Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi. Though a handful of members were arrested and tried, Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Canadian national, remains the only person legally convicted of involvement in the bombing. Singh pleaded guilty in 2003 to manslaughter. He was sentenced to 15 year****ison for building the bombs that exploded aboard Flight 182 and at Narita.
Investigation and prosecution lasting almost 20 years made this the most expensive trial in Canadian history, costing nearly CAD $130 million.
The Governor General-in-Council in 2006 appointed the former Supreme Court Justice John Major to conduct a commission of inquiry. His report was completed and released on 17 June 2010. It concluded that a "cascading series of errors" by the government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) had allowed the terrorist attack to take place.

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