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Plane bombing killed 329 people and ‘would have hit Heathrow if there hadn’t been a delay’

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The Air India Flight 182 bombing was the world’s deadliest act of air terrorism before 9/11 — and it would have been different had it not been for the plane’s delay

A horrific plane bombing that killed 329 people “would have blown up” at Heathrow Airport if there hadn’t been a delay, according to a now-murdered witness.

Air India Flight 182 was blown up approximately 120 miles from the south-west tip of Ireland on this day 37 years ago (23 June 1985), killing all on board.

Orchestrated by Canadian-Sikh militants, the attack was the world’s deadliest act of air terrorism before 9/11 happened 16 years later.

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Members of the Babbar Khalsa – a Sikh nationalist organization with contempt for the Indian government – devised the conspiracy.

British-Canadian Indianjit Singh Reyat remains the only person convicted after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 2003, although Talwinder Singh Parmar – who died in 1992 – was the mastermind.

A number of others were heavily implicated.

Without boarding the plane himself, one of the plotters managed to check his baggage onto Canadian Pacific Air Lines Flight 60 (Toronto-Montreal) for transfer to Air India Flight 182 (Montreal-Delhi via Heathrow). .

A spare engine was installed on Air India Flight 181 (before it became Flight 182) for an hour and 40 minutes to be flown to India for repairs, meaning the plane was around 30 to 40 minutes late on its flight schedule Heathrow came.

Tragically, the flight disappeared from radar at 8.14am (Irish time) when a bomb in the cargo hold of the Boeing 747 penetrated.

Of the 22 crew members and 307 passengers, 132 bodies were recovered and the rest were lost at sea. Some died in the blast, others from impact from 31,000 feet, and some from drowning.

According to Tara Singh Hayer, editor of the Indo-Canadian Times, the terrorist attack was intended to hit Heathrow in London.

Hayer claimed he overheard a meeting between Sikh newspaper publisher Tarsem Singh Purewal and Ajaib Singh Bagri, a senior member of the Babbar Khalsa who was implicated in the terrorist attack but was later acquitted.

As quoted in Heinz Duthel’s book Global Secret and Intelligence Services I, Hayer claimed that Bagri said: “If everything had gone as planned, the plane would have blown up at Heathrow Airport with no passengers.

“But because the plane was delayed by half an hour to three quarters of an hour, it exploded over the ocean.”

Purewal and Hayer – the only witnesses to Bagri’s testimony – were both murdered in England in 1995 and 1998 respectively.

Her death meant that an affidavit containing her claims (that Bagri admitted his involvement in the conspiracy) was deemed inadmissible before his eventual acquittal.

Shockingly, the delay before Heathrow wasn’t the only temporal variable that changed the nature of the plot.

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Air India Flight 182 was actually part of a larger transnational terrorist plot involving Air India Flight 301 at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on the same day.

There, a bomb in a suitcase exploded prematurely at the airport, killing two baggage handlers and injuring four others.


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