On 23 June 1985 Air India Flight 182 crashed off the south west coast of Ireland. All 329 passengers and crew on board were killed.
The Boeing 747 plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean 180 miles off the coast of Ireland. Flight AI 182 was en route from Toronto to London with a stopover at Montreal. The majority of the passengers were Canadian citizens of Indian descent, intending to catch a connecting flight on to Bombay or Delhi. 27 of the victims were citizens of the United Kingdom.
Tom MacSweeney reports and gets the reaction of Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald who is in Cork to oversee the recovery efforts. This report is introduced by Don Cockburn.
Garret FitzGerald comments on the possibility of criminal action stating that
Investigators are still considering the theory of an explosion on board...
An international search and rescue ensued to recover the bodies and at the time of the report 131 bodies had been recovered.
Sikh extremism was blamed for the terror attack on Flight 182.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 June 1985. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.