Kanishka plane crash, 36 years ago when Air India plane was blown up in the air, 329 passengers died Air India 182 plane crash 23 june 1985 kanishka plane crash flight 182
New Delhi: Exactly 36 years ago today i.e. on 23 June 1985, a plane accident happened. In fact, an Air India passenger plane crashed in the air off the coast of Ireland, killing 329 passengers. The plane was just 45 minutes away from its destination Heathrow Airport at the time of the accident. Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Montreal–London–Delhi route. In mid-air, there was a strong explosion in the plane and the plane fell into the sea.
Sikh extremists were accused of sabotaging an Air India plane and a suspect was convicted in 2003. Flight 182 was en route from Toronto to London. Canadian authorities removed three suspicious packages from the plane in Montreal. From here the flight departed for London and established communication with the Tower of Heathrow Airport. But the jet crashed in the air just 45 minutes away from its destination.
131 bodies found
No warning or emergency call was issued. As the plane disappeared from radar screens, Heathrow crews dispatched emergency rescue teams, but no one was found alive. Only 131 bodies were retrieved from the sea. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, but airline officials suspected Sikh militants of planting bombs on the plane.
punishment to a guilty
Two suspects were arrested five months after the disaster. Canadian police believed one of the suspects, Talwinder Singh Parmar, was the mastermind of the attack, but charges against him were eventually dropped. He was later killed by the police in India. Another suspect, Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh living in Vancouver, was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison in 2003.
lack of investigation
329 people died in this accident, most of them were born in India or of Indian origin, including 280 Canadian citizens and 22 Indians. All 22 crew and 307 passengers were killed by the bomb. In 2006, a Canadian commission was appointed to investigate the accident. The report was submitted in 2010 and it was found that a ‘sequential series of errors’ by the Government of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service led to the terrorist attack.
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