Northern (N): Bulgaria (NG). Claims Against Government of Bulgaria following Shooting down of El Al Civil Airliner, July 1955


A file relating to the crash of El Al flight 402. Subjects discussed in the file include the potential settlement of individual and corporate claims under the terms of the Warsaw Convention; whether the Bulgarian offer of a per capita, ex gratia payment should be considered; and the desirability of the governments with citizens affected acting in concert when deciding on acceptance of the offer. Other issues discussed include whether the British case should be taken to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.); the jurisdiction of the I.C.J. in the case; whether the British should support the Israeli and American governments taking such a course; and the attitude of other governments towards the settlement offer. Documents in the file include minutes of meetings discussing the case; submissions discussing whether to accept the Bulgarian offer; and analyses of the Swedish acceptance of the offer and the American decision to reject it.
south africa united kingdom france belgium insurance bulgaria united states of america canada united nations air traffic control civil aviation aircraft austria compensation currency exchange rates international relations israel law nationality citizenship sweden switzerland telecommunications air safety international court of justice west germany American-Israeli relations financial claims against foreign countries Anglo-French relations Anglo-Austrian relations Bulgarian government protecting powers aircraft crashes Anglo-Swedish relations Anglo-Israeli relations Anglo-Canadian relations Anglo-South African relations Bulgarian-Israeli relations William Hayter Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria Richard Speaight
Collection ID
Austria Belgium Canada France Israel South Africa Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States of America West Germany
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 31 to 63)
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Legal and Treaty Material Meeting Minutes
File Reference
FO 371/128640
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Persons Discussed
Richard Speaight William Hayter
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations

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