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 legal case in the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) about the crash of El Al flight 402. Subjects discussed in the file include the drafting of the British "memorial" to be submitted to the court; the American request for a further extension to their submission deadline; and discussion of a court case in New York against El Al which the Israelis wanted to be heard in camera to avoid prejudicing the I.C.J. case. Documents in the file show that the United States State Department would not support the Israeli request, and considered that New York law would not allow a secret hearing; but that the court agreed to seal the case. Other documents in the file discuss the fee charged by a British barrister for his work preparing the case; and the Bulgarian claim that the I.C.J. was not competent to hear the case.
united kingdom insurance bulgaria united states of america united nations air traffic control civil aviation aircraft compensation currency exchange rates international relations israel law netherlands weather yugoslavia air safety international court of justice judiciary airmen Bulgarian-Soviet relations American-Israeli relations financial claims against foreign countries Anglo-French relations court cases Anglo-American relations aircraft crashes Anglo-Israeli relations Harold Caccia Pierson Dixon Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Collection ID
Israel Netherlands United Kingdom United States of America Yugoslavia
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 107 to end)
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Legal and Treaty Material
File Reference
FO 371/134833
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Persons Discussed
Harold Caccia Pierson Dixon
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations

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