Date & Time: May 3, 1986 at 0905 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Scheduled Revenue Flight
London - Zurich - Dubai - Colombo - Male
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While parked at Colombo-Bandaranaike Airport, the aircraft was preparing for the last leg to Male. Ground personnel was still servicing the aircraft with fuel and catering and about 150 people were on board when an explosion occurred in the rear part of the cabin. The aircraft was cut in two and partially destroyed by fire. 46 people were injured, 88 were unhurt and 16 passengers were killed.
It was determined that the explosion was the consequence of a bomb placed on board by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).