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1974 British Airways bombing attempt

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Summary  Attempted bombing
Crew  Unknown
Registration  Unknown
Operator  British Airways
Survivor  85
Passengers  85
Survivors  85+ (all)
Date  23 July 1974
Fatalities  0
Passenger count  85
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Aircraft type  Hawker Siddeley Trident
Flight origin  Belfast International Airport
Similar  RFA Fort Victoria bombing, 1983 Royal Artillery Barracks, 1992 Manchester bombing, London Hilton bombing, 1971 Balmoral Furniture

The 1974 British Airways bombing attempt was a failed bombing attack on a British Airways flight on 23 July 1974. The Provisional IRA claimed responsibly for the failed attack. It is the only time that the IRA has tried to bomb an passenger aircraft in flight, and was the second terrorist incident involving a bomb aboard an aircraft in the United Kingdom.

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Incident

The flight took off from Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland for a domestic flight to London Heathrow Airport, England. As the flight was over the Irish Sea a phone call was made to the Irish News warning that a bomb was on board and would explode. The flight crew diverted and made an emergency landing at Manchester Airport. All 85 passengers and crew were removed from the aircraft. Police found the bomb in a plastic bag under one of the seats. The bomb had 2 kg (4.4 lb) of explosives and was removed where a controlled explosion was carried out.

Aftermath

The Provisional IRA claimed that they had put the bomb on the aircraft but that it had never been intended to detonate but to show that they could get through the security at Belfast Airport. The way in which the bomb gained access to the aircraft remains unknown. Three police officers from the Royal Ulster Constabulary were on board the flight. The Chief Constable of Northern Ireland, James Flanagan together with his wife and two police officers with their families were travelling to London to attend an investiture; the two officers were to receive the British Empire Medal from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for their work during the Northern Ireland Troubles. The MP James Molyneaux, Chief Whip for the Ulster Unionist Party and a senior member of the Orange Order was also on the flight. Bob Rae, who would later become Premier of the Canadian province of Ontario and leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, was also a passenger.

References

1974 British Airways bombing attempt Wikipedia


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