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Bulgaria Asked for Speedy Settlement of Claim for Downed Israel Plane

July 16, 1956
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The Israel Government is considering sending a delegation to Sofia to speed a settlement of its claim for compensation for the shooting down a year ago of an El Al passenger plane with 58 crewmen and passengers aboard. All were killed.

Mrs. Golda Myerson, Foreign Minister, summoned the Bulgarian Charge d’Affaires today to tell him this. It is understood that regardless of whether a delegation goes to Bulgaria or not, Shabbetai Rosenne, Foreign Ministry legal advisor, will be leaving for Sofia by the end of the month.

Israel’s claim was submitted five months after the incident, in which the Constellation was blasted out of the skies by Bulgarian fighters. The Bulgarian Government has formally accepted responsibility for the incident, but there has been no further progress toward a settlement.

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