Northern (N): Bulgaria (NG). Claims Against Government of Bulgaria Resulting from Shooting Down of El Al Civil Airliner in July 1955


A file containing documents relating to the crash of El Al flight 402. Documents in the file include correspondence with relatives of the British victims in the crash; a report of an increased Bulgarian offer to settle Austrian claims over the incident; and the Royal Air Force's standing orders regarding the identification of unauthorised aircraft in British airspace. Other documents in the file include a translation of Bulgarian laws relating to the supervision of air traffic; minutes of meetings between British and American lawyers; and the British response to requests for assistance from the American lawyer preparing the case for the International Court of Justice. Subjects discussed in the file include visits to Israel by British diplomats and lawyers, and visits by the American lawyer to Israel and Austria to gather evidence; and a record of a de-briefing of a Bulgarian Air Force defector with knowledge of Bulgarian defence protocols.
united kingdom france belgium insurance albania bulgaria united states of america air traffic control civil aviation airspace austria borders compensation international relations israel law sweden weather air safety international court of justice intelligence sharing defectors diplomatic missions airmen diplomatic officials financial claims against foreign countries Bulgarian government court cases Anglo-American relations aircraft crashes Anglo-Swedish relations Anglo-Israeli relations Bulgarian air force Harold Caccia Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Collection ID
Albania Austria Belgium France Israel Sweden United Kingdom United States of America
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 17 to 33)
Document Type
Correspondence Legal and Treaty Material Memoranda Meeting Minutes
File Reference
FO 371/134828
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Persons Discussed
Harold Caccia
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations

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