Northern (N): Bulgaria (NG). Claims Following El Al Air Disaster, July 1955


A file of correspondence concerning negotiations for compensation from Bulgaria following the shooting down of an El Al aircraft in 1955. The civilian aircraft had strayed into Bulgarian airspace and was shot down, with the loss of fifty-eight lives. Subjects covered in the file include the decision of the British and American governments not to pursue the case in the International Court of Justice; the British negotiations on behalf of five claimants; and an assessment of compensation due. Further correspondence concerns South African and Israeli claims; and a request that the United Kingdom handle negotiations on behalf of South Africa. The file also covers correspondence from Lucy Hinks, whose son was the pilot on the flight; and the attempts of another claimant to negotiate separately with the Bulgarian government.
south africa united kingdom bulgaria international law united states of america civil aviation compensation international relations israel international court of justice Anglo-Bulgarian relations American-Bulgarian relations The Daily Telegraph financial claims against foreign countries aircraft crashes Bulgarian-South African relations Bulgarian-Israeli relations Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Collection ID
Article(s) from Daily Telegraph © Telegraph Media Group Limited. Article(s) from Daily Telegraph © Telegraph Media Group Limited.
Israel South Africa United Kingdom United States of America
Department Reference
Code NG file 1381 (pp 8 to end)
Document Type
Correspondence Press and Media Reports
File Reference
FO 371/151560
Key Events
Shooting down of El Al Flight 402 over Bulgaria
Published in
United Kingdom
Subject Countries
International Relations

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