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Air India Flight 182 was an Air India flight operating on the Montréal-London-Delhi-Bombay route. On 23 June 1985, the airplane operating on the route was blown up in midair by a bomb in Irish airspace in the single deadliest terrorist attack involving an aircraft to that date. The incident represents the largest mass murder in modern Canadian history. The explosion and downing of the carrier occurred within an hour of the related Narita Airport Bombing. The plane, a Boeing 747-237B named Emperor Kanishka, exploded at an altitude of 31,000 feet and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The bomb caused rapid decompression and consequent in-flight breakup. The wreckage settled in 6,700 feet deep water off the south-west Irish coast 120 miles offshore of County Cork. If the one hour and forty minute delay in leaving Toronto Pearson International Airport had not happened, Air India Flight 182 might have been at London Heathrow Airport at the time of the explosion, with an outcome similar to that of the Narita Airport bomb which had exploded fifty five minutes earlier. While some passengers survived the initial explosion and subsequent decompression, none survived the impact. In all, 329 people perished, among them 280 Canadians and 22 Indian nationals. Investigation and prosecution took almost 20 years and was the most expensive trial in Canadian history, costing nearly CAD $130 million. A special Commission found the accused perpetrators not guilty and they were released. The only person convicted of involvement in the bombing was Inderjit Singh Reyat, who pleaded guilty in 2003 to manslaughter in constructing the bomb used on Flight 182 and received a five-year sentence. He was refused parole in July 2007. In September 2007, the Commission investigated reports, initially disclosed in the Indian investigative news magazine Tehelka that an hitherto unnamed person, Lakhbir Singh Brar Rode, had masterminded the explosions. This report appears to be inconsistent with other evidence known to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Canadian government launched a Commission of Inquiry in 2006. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]
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