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March 24th 1968: 61 passengers and crew were lost aboard Aer Lingus EI-AOM Vickers Viscount 803 "St. Phelim" Flight 712 from Cork to London when it crashed into the sea off Tuskar Rock, Co. Wexford.
Despite a lenghty investigation, the cause of the tragedy remains unknown. However, numerous questions continue to be asked about the possibility that Flight 712 was brought down by a British missile or drone, resulting in continued prevarication by both Governments. Add to that, Aer Lingus, the national airline has also appeared reticent to make public all it�s files on the case claiming that these had been released at the time of the initial investigation.
An Aer Lingus Viscount airliner, Flight 712, carrying sixty one people (4 crew and 57 passengers) crashed into the Irish sea killing all on board on March 24th, 1968. The Vickers Viscount was travelling from Cork to London (Heathrow) at an altitude of 17,000ft when a call from the aircraft said it had lost 5,000ft of altitude and was plummeting in a rapid spin. The aircraft came to rest in the Irish sea near Tuskar rock, 7 miles south east of the Irish coast.
The most popular theory concerns a missile launched from the Royal Aircraft Establishment's testing range in Aberporth, Wales. The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) states that what was then Britain's top missile development center was closed on Sundays. Recently, Radio Telifis Eireann (Ireland's state broadcaster) found inconsistencies in log books, suggesting that the center was open for business. Another theory is that a radar transponder on board the Viscount failed; a British warship, HMS Penelope thought it was a pilotless drone. The MoD claims that none of its ships were close enough, but the log books of two of the five ships in the area are missing: the other three were never requested by the Irish government. Yet another theory tells of a pilotless drone hitting Flight 712: some witnesses reported seeing an aircraft with red wings close to the Viscount's last position.
Ireland�s TV3 news carried a breakthrough report on Aer Lingus Flight EI-712 in it�s 6 p.m. news on Wednesday, January 6th 1999. The background to the report was a secret British memo, sourced under the American Freedom of Information Act, in which a Ministry of Defence official admitted that one of it�s missiles shot down the Aer Lingus plane. To cover up their mistake, the memo said, the British had cremated the bodies of the passengers recovered that showed no signs of impact. TV3 admitted however at the time that the documents were �totally un-authenticated�.