Review of the Inquiry of Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy

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On June 23, 1985, a bomb was planted on Air India Flight 182 that exploded and killed the 329 passengers and crew while airborne (Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182: Final report, 2010). A second bomb at Tokyo’s Narita Airport killed two baggage handlers that were unloading luggage from a Canadian Pacific Airlines flight, the baggage was also prepared to be on the Air India flight. Sikh terrorists were responsible for planting the two bombs. In total 331 people were killed (CIIBAIF 182, 2010).
This review of the inquiry of Air India Flight 182: A Canadian Tragedy will examine the numerous objectives of the inquiry. The review will examine the mandate, methods, and the key findings by the commission. An evaluation will be made on the recommendations set out in the inquiry and the impacts of the recommendations that have been implemented in addition to evaluating whether or not all the recommendations have been implemented in Canada. This review will also evaluate the context in which the particular group of Sikhs and Indians were treated as a victim, terrorist, or witness.
On May 1, 2006, the Governor General in Council appointed John C. Major, as the Commissioner to conduct an inquiry to investigate the bombing of Air India Flight 182. The Commission’s mandate was to provide accurate and practical recommendations for the complicated policy issues, which connect to addressing the National Security matters…

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