Know About The Air India Flight 182 Bombing That Killed 329 Passengers

The Logical Indian

July 6th, 2016

image source: thehinduwikipedia

As Indians, we closely remember the 26/11 Mumbai attacks or the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai as some of the most haunting terrorist attacks in the country. But, many of us have forgotten the Air India Flight 182 debacle that claimed the lives of as many as 329 passengers. The incident has left a deep wound in the history of India.


The Incident

The Air India Flight 183, Boeing 747, named after the Kushan dynasty emperor Kanishka, was operating from Montreal in Canada to New Delhi via London. On June 23, 1985, the flight took off for a journey, scheduled to include stops at Montreal’s Mirabel airport, London’s Heathrow, Delhi’s Palam and Bombay’s Sahar. After the flight arrived in Montreal, more passengers boarded to make for a full complement of 329, including 22 crew members. The Majority of the passengers were Canadian.

While it was in the Irish airspace, the flight was destroyed mid-air triggered by a bomb, at an altitude of 31,000 feet. In just 45 minutes, it would have arrived the Heathrow Airport, but suddenly it got disintegrated. No warning or emergency calls were issued. As the plane disappeared from radar screens, a bomb sent via Vancouver, placed in cargo had exploded. Heathrow staff dispatched emergency rescue crews, but no survivors were found. Only 131 bodies were retrieved from the sea.


The accused

The airline officials suspected Sikh extremists for planting the bomb on the aircraft. It was the result of the violent unrest between Hindus and Sikhs in India during the 1980s. The police had arrested two suspects after five years of the incident. One of the accused, Talwinder Singh Parmar was set free, but he was later killed by the Indian police. Another suspect, Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh, residing in Vancouver, was sentenced to five years imprisonment in 2003.


Inquiry

In 2006, a Canadian commission was appointed to conduct an inquiry into the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In its five-volume report, which was released in 2010, the panel concluded that the disaster resulted from a “cascading series of errors.” In particular, it found that Canadian intelligence and security agencies had failed to share information with each other and had instead engaged in “turf wars.”

 

Share your thoughts..

Propelled by

VOLVO

Make Your City Safe

Related Stories

Pilot Safely Lands Plane After Mid-Air Engine Blast, Saves Lives Of 143 Passengers

GoAir Flight

Two Teens Save Lives Of 194 People By Alerting Police Of Fire On GoAir Flight

Man With Hand Grenade Hijacks Libyan Flight With 118 People And Forces To Land In Malta

Jet Airways Flight Delayed

Passengers Cause Chaos On Flight; Force Jet Airways To Compensate Passengers To Deboard

My Story: I Knew That I Loved Her But I Couldn’t Wait For The Distance Between Us To Permanently End

Asaram Bapu & Co. Create Ruckus In Jet Airways Flight, Make The Journey Difficult For Co-Passengers

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Dainik Bhaskar Appeals Against Cobrapost’s Sting Operation, Delhi High Court Blocks The Expose

Exclusive

After His Best Friend Died By Suicide, This Man Established A Suicide Prevention Foundation To Help People

News

Delhi Govt Directs 575 Private Schools To Refund Excess Fee With 9% Interest

News

Both Congress & BJP Received Funding From Sterlite’s UK-Based Owner Vedanta

Exclusive

Mumbai Teacher Sends Adivasi Children To School To Save Them From Drug Abuse

Get Inspired

Brave Uttarakhand Cop Saves Muslim Boy From An Angry Mob Led By VHP Activists