Before two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the 1985 bombing of Air India flight 182 was the deadliest terrorist attack involving an airplane. On June 23, 1985, Air India Flight 181 left Toronto an hour and forty minutes late, stopped in Montreal, became flight 182, and then headed across the Atlantic Ocean bound for London. Just over 100 miles from Ireland, the plane exploded in the air and crashed into the ocean, killing everyone on-board -- 329 people, which included 280 Canadian citizens and 136 children. It was a devastating tragedy, yet it was largely ignored by the world at large, as well as the country that housed the largest number of casualties (Canada).
Almost 23 years later, the story is finally hitting big screens with Sturla Gunnarsson's documentary, Air India 182. Between the tragedy and the time it took for the matter to be resolved in courts almost two decades later, the story of 182 is long and intense. Gunnarsson sorts through it by focusing on how it came to be, rather than its drawn-out aftermath -- the terrorists who planned it, the government officials trying to discern the plan and stop it, and the families who suffered tremendous personal losses in the tragedy.