Bulgaria : Claims against government of Bulgaria following shooting down of El Al civil airliner, July 1955 (FO371-128644).

  • 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) ; FO371-128644. [More in this series]
  • Cold War Eastern Europe. [More in this series]
  • FO371: Foreign Office: Political Departments: General Correspondence from 1906-1966 ; FO371-128644
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 coordination of the British, French, and Israeli cases presented to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) -- and the Belgian attitude towards a Bulgarian offer to settle their claim with a per capita, ex gratia payment. Other subjects discussed in the file include the implications of a Bulgarian payment to an Anglo-Swedish victim's estate -- the logistics for the hearing of the case -- and whether a British analysis of the unreliability of the official report into the incident could be shared with the American government. Documents in the file include a copy of the entry formalities for Bulgarian airspace and discussion of the pilots' actions -- the plane's flight plan -- the account of a Yugoslav pilot who witnessed the incident -- and a list of the signals in use when intercepting an aircraft violating Bulgarian airspace.
  • File date: 1957.
  • Date document(s) were released to the public domain: 1987.
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