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Air India 747-200 Jet Crash Off Irsh Coast 1984.  
User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Posted (16 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 8238 times:

I need the help of everyone on airliners.net to find out as much as you know about the Air India crash in 1984. A 747-200 that flew from Toronto, Canada, to Bombay or Dehli India that was blown up by a terrorist bomb as the aircraft was decsending to land at LHR killing over 350 passengers and crew. Were the terrorist caught? What was the regestration #? Finally; how did the bomb get aboard the aircraft and why would someone kill 350 people for no reason?

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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (16 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8153 times:

I don't have much information, except that the RCMP is still investigating the case so many years later. Apparently they have found some new leads in the past couple of years.

User currently offlineDLMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8162 times:

The flight started in Toronto at flight 181. Proceeding to its next destination at Montreal, the designator changed to 182. The aircraft was Boeing 727-237B reg: VT-EFO.

The 747 struck the sea roughly 110 miles west of Cork, in Ireland on Sunday, June 23rd 1985 (yes I mean 1985)

The DFDR and DVR were recovered from the 7,000ft. deep water, and indicated that while flying at FL310 at an IAS of 340MPH, all power was lost to the recorders. However, half a second before, a loud noise was heard on the CVR tape which was concluded to be a bomb.

The bomb was placed about Canadian Pacific flight 060 from Vancouver to Toronto. The person who was to carry the bomb on board insisted at Check-in at Vancouver that the bag be transferred to flight 181/2 of Air India when it arrived. The check-in assistant explained that since he had only a stand-by ticket on Air India 181/2, this could not be done. However, he persisted and the lines were long with people; and so she gave in and thru checked the bag to London.
However, the man never boarded the flight in Vancouver.

An hour before Air India 182 dissappeared from radar screens at Shanwick Oceanic Control in Lancashire, UK, a bomb exploded on the airside side of Narita International Airport in Tokyo; the bag should by that point have been on board Air India 301 for Bangkok and Delhi; however, this bag had also been checked at Vancouver, but due to the fact that CP 003 from Vancouver to Narita, was late, the bag was on the ground when it should have been in the air. The scenario was the same with this bag as with the other. The passenger never boarded the Canadian Pacific flight in Vancouver.

Unfortunately, at Toronto, the baggage-screening equipment was down, so 'hand-sniffers' were used. However, ground crew were later found to be employed directly by Air India, but undertrained, and so did not know how to use the sniffers properly.

Several years later, in 1991 I believe, one man was jailed in Canada for the bomb in Narita. Apparently, the attack was in retaliation for the 1984 attack of the Golden Temple by the Indian Army, a Sikh shrine in Punjab, killing hundreds.

In 1992, a 30-year old was arrested in Bombay for the bombing of flight 182.

Hope this helps!


User currently offlineTFLeonard From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8111 times:

You can find the history of the Air India 747 at my website:

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