Air India Flight 182

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Air India Flight 182

Picture taken of the aircraft involved, VT-EFO, landing at London Heathrow Airport on 10 June 1985, 13 days before its demise.
Occurrence summary
Date 23 June 1985 (1985-06-23)
Summary Bombing
Place Atlantic Ocean, south of Ireland
Passengers 307
Crew 22
Fatalities 329 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 747-237B
Aircraft name Emperor Kanishka
Airline/user Air India
Registration VT-EFO
Flew from Montréal-Mirabel Int'l Airport
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Stopover London Heathrow Airport
London, England, United Kingdom
Flying to Indira Gandhi Int'l Airport
New Delhi, India

Air India Flight 182 was a passenger plane which, on June 23, 1985, exploded from a bomb that was placed on the plane. the aircraft was going between Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, Montreal, Quebec, and New Delhi, India. It was an Air India Boeing 747-237B, registration VT-EFO. The bombing was called the largest mass murder in modern Canadian history, and the deadliest act of air terrorism before 9/11.

Accident[change | change source]

The flight was going between Montreal and New Delhi. The plane exploded when it was flying 31,000 feet over Atlantic Ocean South of Ireland. The bomb was hidden in a Sanyo tuner in a suitcase which was in the forward cargo hold. Around fifty-five minutes later after the loss of the aircraft, a suitcase which was checked in by one of the accused perpetrators in the bombing exploded at Japan’s Narita Airport and killed two baggage handlers and injured four other people nearby. The suitcase was on its way to another airliner at Narita. At least 329 people were killed in the explosion aboard flight 182.

Passengers[change | change source]

Passengers' home countries[change | change source]

Country Number of people dead Total
Passengers Crew
 Canada 270 0 270
 United Kingdom 27 0 27
 India 1 21 22
 Soviet Union 3 0 3
 Brazil 2 0 2
 United States 2 0 2
 Spain 2 0 2
 Finland 1 0 1
 Argentina 0 1 1
Total Fatalities: 329

Suspects[change | change source]

The suspects in the bombing were from the Sikh separatist group called the Babbar Khalsa:

  • Talwinder Singh Parmar
  • Inderjit Singh Reyat
  • Ripudaman Singh Malik
  • Ajaib Singh Bagri
  • Surjan Singh Gill
  • Hardial Singh Johal and Manmohan Singh
  • Daljit Sandhu
  • Lakhbir Singh Brar Rode