Air Lanka Flight 512
4R-ULD in Paris in 1983
|Date||3 May 1986|
|Aircraft type||Lockheed L-1011-385 TriStar|
|Aircraft name||City of Colombo|
|Flight origin||Gatwick Airport, London
|Stopover||Zurich Airport, Zurich
|2nd stopover||Dubai International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates|
|Last stopover||Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Destination||Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, Malé, Maldives|
Air Lanka Flight 512 was an Air Lanka Lockheed L-1011 Tristar which had arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport from London Gatwick Airport via Zurich and Dubai and was about to fly on to the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean when an explosion ripped the plane in two. The flight carried mainly French, West German, British and Japanese tourists. 21 people were killed on the plane which included 13 foreigners – of whom two were British, 2 West German, 3 French, 2 Japanese, two Maldivians and one Pakistani – and injuring 41.
The bomb may have been placed in crates of meat and vegetables being freighted to the Republic of Maldives. The Sri Lankan government concluded that the bomb was planted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to sabotage peace talks between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government. They reported that a search of the aircraft the next day uncovered a parcel containing uniforms with the insignia of the Black Tigers, the suicide wing of LTTE, the fiercest of the Tamil terrorist groups.
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