Air Lanka Flight 512
4R-ULD at Paris–Le Bourget Airport in 1983
|Date||3 May 1986|
|Site||Bandaranaike International Airport|
|Aircraft type||Lockheed L-1011-100 TriStar 100 (FAA - L-1011-385-1-15)|
|Aircraft name||City of Colombo|
|Flight origin||London-Gatwick Airport|
|1st stopover||Zurich Airport|
|2nd stopover||Dubai International Airport|
|Last stopover||Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB/VCBI) Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Destination||Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (MLE/VRMM), Malé, Maldives|
Air Lanka Flight 512 was an Air Lanka Lockheed L-1011 Tristar which had arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport on 3 May 1986 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 aircraft in two. Flight 512 carried mainly French, West German, British and Japanese tourists; 21 people were killed on the aircraft, including three British, 2 West German, 3 French, 2 Japanese, two Maldivians and one Pakistani; 41 people were injured.
Boarding of the flight was delayed due to the aircraft being damaged during cargo / baggage loading. During boarding a bomb hidden in the aircraft's 'Fly Away Kit', exploded.
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.