Air Lanka Flight 512

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Air Lanka Flight UL512
4R-ULD in Paris in 1983
Bombing summary
Date 3 May 1986
Summary Bombing
Site Bandaranaike
International Airport
Passengers 128
Crew 20
Injuries (non-fatal) 41
Fatalities 21
Survivors 129
Aircraft type Lockheed L-1011-385 TriStar
Aircraft name City of Colombo
Operator Air Lanka
Registration 4R-ULD
Flight origin Gatwick Airport, London
 United Kingdom
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.[1]

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.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b "1986: Bomb kills 21 in Sri Lanka". BBC. 3 May 1986. Retrieved 2008-04-30. 
  2. ^ Commercial Airliner Bombings