Air India 182″ redirects here. Picture taken of the aircraft involved, VT-EFO, landing at London Heathrow Automobile engineering by kirpal singh vol 1 pdf on 10 June, less than two weeks before its destruction.
It crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while in Irish airspace. It was the first bombing of a 747 jumbo jet. A total of 329 people were killed, including 268 Canadian citizens, 27 British citizens and 24 Indian citizens.
The incident was the largest mass murder in Canadian history, and the deadliest incident in the history of Air India. It was also the deadliest terrorist attack involving an airplane until the September 11 attacks. The bombing of Air India 182 occurred at the same time as the Narita Airport bombing. Investigators believe that the two plots were linked, and that those responsible were aiming for a double bombing.
However, the bomb at Narita exploded before it could be loaded onto the plane. Canadian law enforcement determined that the main suspects in the bombing were members of the Sikh militant group Babbar Khalsa. The attack is thought to have been a retaliation against India for Operation Blue Star carried out by the Indian Army to flush out Sikh militants within the premises of the Golden temple and the surrounding structures ordered by the Indian government, headed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Though a handful of members were arrested and tried, Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Canadian national, remains the only person convicted of involvement in the bombing.