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 Canadian government's attitude towards accepting the Bulgarian offer to settle the case on a per capita, ex gratia basis; potential applications to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) for compensation; and a possible increase in the Bulgarian offer for British claimants suffering hardship. Documents in the file include a report of the latest position of the British families' claims against El Al; a copy of the Israeli application to the I.C.J. to open proceedings against Bulgaria; a telegram reporting that the United States would submit documents to the I.C.J., but wished to avoid publicising this to prevent the Bulgarians rejecting the I.C.J.'s jurisdiction; and a request for greater clarity in Foreign Office requests for information from the Israeli government due to the travel required between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to gather information.
united kingdom france insurance bulgaria united states of america canada air traffic control civil aviation aircraft austria compensation international relations israel law telecommunications air safety international court of justice financial claims against foreign countries Thomas Brimelow Embassy and Consulate Administration Bulgarian government aircraft crashes Anglo-Swedish relations Anglo-Israeli relations Anglo-Canadian relations Bulgarian-Israeli relations William Hayter Israeli press Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria Richard Speaight
Collection ID
Austria Canada France Israel United Kingdom United States of America
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 64 to 82)
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Legal and Treaty Material Meeting Minutes
File Reference
FO 371/128641
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Persons Discussed
Richard Speaight Thomas Brimelow William Hayter
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations Embassy and Consulate Administration

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