Northern (N): Bulgaria (NG). Claims Against Bulgaria following Crash of El A1 Civil Airliner in July 1955.


A file containing documents relating to the crash of El Al flight 402. Subjects discussed in the file include a Belgian request to be released from a commitment not to accept the Bulgarian compensation offer as the Belgian citizens concerned needed money; the Bulgarian submission to the International Court of Justice (I.C.J.) stating the reasons for its rejection of the court's jurisdiction; and Israeli attempts to ensure that money was paid to the Belgian citizens to prevent the Belgian withdrawal from the case. Documents in the file include a record of a conversation between a Foreign Office official and an American pilot who had asked for the flight plan, departure details, and weather information for the flight, having been engaged to investigate the circumstances of the event by American lawyers intending to sue El Al over the case; and details of the court arrangements for the I.C.J. hearing.
united kingdom belgium insurance bulgaria international law united nations civil aviation aircraft compensation international relations israel law weather air safety international court of justice judiciary airmen financial claims against foreign countries court cases aircraft crashes Anglo-Israeli relations conversations with members of the public Bulgarian-Israeli relations Anglo-Belgian relations Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria Joyce Gutteridge Belgian-Israeli relations
Collection ID
Belgium Israel United Kingdom
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (papers 1 to 10)
Document Type
Correspondence Memoranda Reports
File Reference
FO 371/142959
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Persons Discussed
Joyce Gutteridge
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations

Related Topics