Bulgaria : Claims against government of Bulgaria following shooting down of El Al civil airliner, July 1955 (FO371-128645).

  • Abingdon, England : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
  • London : Foreign Office, 1957.
1 online resource : colour text file, PDF


  • General Correspondence from 1906-1966 (Great Britain. Foreign Office. Political Departments) ; FO371-128645. [More in this series]
  • Cold War Eastern Europe. [More in this series]
  • FO371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966 ; FO371-128645
Data source
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1947-1982
  • Cold War Eastern Europe, 1953-1960: Module 1
  • History Commons
Summary note
A file relating to the crash of El Al flight 402. Subjects discussed in the file include the legal basis for the claims made to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) -- the tactical reasons for lodging the claims despite the potentially weak case and uncertain jurisdiction -- and the French approach to settling its citizens' cases without resorting to the I.C.J. Other subjects discussed in the file include the supporting evidence available to the British and Americans -- and the Swedish government's understanding of the implications of a Bulgarian payment to an Anglo-Swedish victim's estate. Documents in the file include a request for information about defectors or sources who could clarify Bulgarian standing orders regarding incursions by unauthorised aircraft -- a report of the views of the West German government on the case -- and the notes of a British air attaché's visit to the crash site and his analysis of the wreckage.
  • File date: 1957.
  • Date document(s) were released to the public domain: 1987.
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