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. Documents in the file include a request for legal advice from the British Attorney General about the merits of taking the British case against Bulgaria to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.); the Attorney General's advice that Britain should reject the Bulgarian settlement offer and proceed to court; and procedural papers relating to the lodging of the British application to the I.C.J. Other documents in the file include correspondence with British claimants and insurers about the steps that the government had taken; and the American claim to the I.C.J. Subjects covered in the file include the Bulgarian response to the British application to the I.C.J.; and discussion of an offer by El Al to pay advanced compensation up to the limit outlined in the Warsaw Convention to the relatives of British victims to alleviate hardship, if this were needed.
south africa united kingdom 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 Anglo-Bulgarian relations American-Bulgarian relations financial claims against foreign countries Thomas Brimelow Anglo-French relations Anglo-Austrian relations Anglo-American relations aircraft crashes 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 Canada Israel South Africa United Kingdom United States of America
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 94 to 103)
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Legal and Treaty Material
File Reference
FO 371/128643
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

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