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Date            28.04.1995      

Type:           Hawker Siddeley HS-748-334 Srs.2A  

Operator:     Helitours/Sri Lanka Air Force   

Year built:    1978    

Crew:           3 fatalities / 3 on board   

Passengers: 42 fatalities / 42 on board   

Total:           45 fatalities / 45 on board   

Location:     Jaffna-Palaly AFB; nr       

Phase:         Final Approach         

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - (Flight number )

Remarks:

The aircraft, operating on a flight for the Sri Lankan Air Force to Colombo, took off from Palaly AFB in heavy rain. On climb out the engine no 2 caught fire and the crew had to return. On its final approach and 200m short of the runway, the right wing failed and the aircraft crashed. According to reports the engine caught fire after being hit by a SAM missile fired by LTTE.

 Date:            29.04.1995      

Type:           Hawker Siddeley HS-748-357 Srs. 2B SCD 

Operator:     Helitours/Sri Lanka Air Force   

Year built:    1979    

Crew:           3 fatalities / 3 on board   

Passengers: 49 fatalities / 49 on board   

Total:           52 fatalities / 52 on board   

Location:     Jaffna-Palaly AFB; nr      

Phase:         Final Approach         

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - (Flight number )

Remarks:

When descending through 3000ft towards Palaly AFB after a flight from Anuradhapura, the HS-748 was shot down with a SAM missile by Tamil separatists. The day before Helitours' other HS-748 had been shot down by Tiger terrorists.

 Date:            12.09.1995      

Type:           Antonov 32 

       

Operator:    Sri Lanka Air Force                

Year built:                   

Crew:           5 fatalities / 5 on board   

Passengers: 70 fatalities / 70 on board   

Total:           75 fatalities / 75 on board   

Location:     Colombo; 4km N off

Phase:         Cruise  

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          Colombo-Ratmalana - (Flight number )

Remarks:

Instrument problems forced the crew to return to Colombo-Ratmalana. The Aircraft lost its control and crashed into the sea.

 Date:            18.11.1995      

Type:           Shaanxi Yunshuji Y-8       

Operator:     Helitours/Sri Lanka Air Force   

Year built:                   

Crew:           5 fatalities / 6 on board   

Passengers:  0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Total:           5 fatalities / 6 on board   

Location:     Jaffna-Palaly AFB; 3km from

Phase:         Final Approach         

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - Jaffna-Palaly AFB (Flight number )

Remarks:

While on finals to Palaly Air Force Base, the aircraft was shot down by  'Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam '  terrorists claimed responsibility.

 Date:            22.11.1995      

Time:           17.20   

Type:           Antonov 32 

Operator:     Sri Lanka Air Force

Year built:                   

Crew:           6 fatalities / 6 on board   

Passengers: 56 fatalities / 56 on board   

Total:           62 fatalities / 62 on board   

Location:     Jaffna; off

Phase:         Final Approach         

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - Jaffna-Palaly AFB (Flight number )

Remarks:

Around 1720H while approaching  Palaly Airport the aircraft crashed into the sea, shortly after the pilot had asked the runway lights to be switched on.

Date:            20.01.1997      

Time:            05.15   

Type:        Harbin Y-12  

Operator:     Sri Lanka Air Force

Year built:                   

Crew:           4 fatalities / 4 on board   

Passengers:  0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Total:           4 fatalities / 4 on board   

Location:     Palaly; off  

Phase:         Cruise  

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - (Flight number )

Remarks:

The aircraft crashed into the sea whilst investigating a ship on the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka.

Date:            21.02.1997      

Time:           10.45   

Type:           Antonov 32B

Operator:    Sri Lanka Air Force

Year built:                   

Crew:          0 fatalities / 4 on board   

Passengers:3 fatalities / 59 on board   

Total:           3 fatalities / 63 on board   

Location:     Colombo-Ratmalana AFB

Phase:         Take-off

Nature:     Military 

Flight:       Colombo-Ratmalana - Jaffna-Palaly

Remarks:

The aircraft overran the runway while on take-off for Palaly and crashed into a marshy land.

Date:            06.03.1997      

Type:           Harbin Yunshuji Y-12 

Operator:     Sri Lanka Air Force   

Year built:                   

Crew:           0 fatalities / on board   

Passengers:  0 fatalities / on board   

Total:           0 fatalities / on board   

Location:     Vavunativu

Phase:         Ground 

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          - (Flight number )

Remarks: 

Date:            29.09.1998      

Time:           13.54   

Type:           Antonov 24RV 

  

Operator:     LionAir     

Year built:    1972    

Crew:           7 fatalities / 7 on board   

Passengers: 48 fatalities / 48 on board   

Total:           55 fatalities / 55 on board   

Location:     Mannar; off  

Phase:         Cruise  

Nature:        Scheduled Passenger   

Flight:  Jaffna-Palaly AFB - Colombo-Ratmalana ( 602)     

Remarks:

Lion Air Flight 602 departed Palaly Air Force Base for a 65-minte flight to Colombo at 13.40h. The plane disappeared from radar screens while climbing to FL140, just after the pilot had reported depressurization. All the reports indicated that the plane was shot down by TTTE terrorists.

Date:            24.03.2000    

Time:           18.04   

Type:           Antonov 12BP 

      

Operator:     Sky Cabs    

Year built:    1968    

Crew:           6 fatalities / 8 on board   

Passengers: 0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Total:            6 fatalities / 8 on board   

Ground casualties:  4 fatalities           

Location:      Kadirana

Phase:          Approach      

Nature:         Freight 

Flight:          Bangkok IAP - Colombo-Bandaranaike APT

Remarks:

The aircraft had attempted ILS Runway 04 approaches and was making an attempt to land on Runway 22 when it crashed due to fuel starvation

Date:            30.03.2000      

Type:           Antonov 26  

             

Operator:     Sri Lanka Air Force  

Year built:                   

Crew:           4 fatalities / 4 on board   

Passengers:  36 fatalities / 36 on board   

Total:           40 fatalities / 40 on board   

Location:     Anuradhapura; 9mls

Phase:            

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          Jaffna-Palaly AFB - Anuradhapura (Flightnumber )

Remarks:

Reports showed the crew had reported engine trouble 10 minutes before it crashed.

Date:        24.07.2001    

Type:       2 X Airbus A 330 + Airbus A 320 + Airbus A 340, damaged Airbus A 320 + Airbus A 340

Operator: Sri Lankan Airlines     

Year built: 2000    

Crew:       0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Passengers: 0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Total:       0 fatalities / 0 on board   

Location:   Colombo-Bandaranaike IAP

Phase:     Ground 

Nature:     Scheduled Passenger   

Flight: 

Remarks:

A major pre-dawn suicide attack by Tiger terrorists closed Sri Lanka's Colombo international airport. Sri Lankan Airlines reported that two of its A.330 planes (4R-ALE and 4R-ALF), one A.320 plane (4R-ABA) and one of their A.340 planes (4R-ADD) were destroyed in the attack and two others were damaged (A.340 4R-ADC and A.320 4R-ABB). A number of military planes were also damaged and destroyed.  

Date:  15.08.2002   

Type:   Yunshuji Y-8    

           

Operator:      Sri Lanka Air Force             

Year built:                

Crew:             5 fatalities / 5 on board        

Passengers:      

Total:              5 fatalities / 5 on board   

Location:      Rice fields near Kalutara, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Colombo

Phase:                      

Nature:         Military           

Flight:          Test flight after minor repairs

Remarks:  

The air craft had been on a test flight after minor repairs when the accident occurred around 12.35 p.m. The pilot had informed the ground staff that there was a fire and had tried to land it at an unpopulated area. Eye witnesses say that they saw fire breaking out on one side on the plane and immediately it crashed to the ground in a ball of fire .Investigations indicate that the crash was due to some technical problems  

Date:  22.10.2002   

Type:   Kafir                                        

Play voice just before the crash

Operator:      Sri Lanka Air Force             

Year built:                

Crew:             1 fatalities / 1 on board        

Passengers:      

Total:              1 fatalities / 1 on board   

Location:      About 1400 ft. above Nakkawatte, Narammala in Kuliyapitiya

Phase:                      

Nature:         Military training        

Flight:         

Remarks:  

A Israeli-built Kfir aircraft belonging to Sri Lanka Air Force had exploded about 1400 ft. above Nakkawatte, Narammala in Kuliyapitiya. The remnants of the aircraft had caught fire and had fallen on to the ground. Air Flight Lieutenant had escaped activating the emergency parachute extrication. The parachute had landed on a coconut tree along with the flight lieutenant.

According to initial investigations this plane was used for flight training. The flights were taken off from the Katunayake airport at 8.32. It was observed that ill-fated aircraft pilot's communication was not responded by ATCs on duty for 30 seconds. The second communication from the pilot about the mechanical failure was responded by ATC after 12 seconds and by the time aircraft was on its way to tragedy.    

Date:            14.06.2003      

Type:           Antonov 32 

       

Operator:    Sri Lanka Air Force                

Year built:                   

Crew:              

Passengers:    

Total:              

Location:     Kankasanturai

Phase:         Landing

Nature:         Military 

Flight:          

Remarks: security sources in Jaffna, Sri Lanka Air Force's  AN-32 aircraft carrying 55 soldiers from Colombo Ratmalana airport to Palaly airport in Jaffna veered off the runway during landing and crashed into a nearby a signpost, injuring one soldier. 

 

Date:            .02.2004      

Type:           IL-18 

 

 

Operator:    ExpoAir                

Year built:                   

Crew:             7  on board  

Passengers:    

Total:              

Location:     Katunayaka

Phase:         Landing

Nature:         Cargo

Flight:          

Remarks: The IL-18 aircraft, registered under EX-005 in the Kyrgyz Republic and operated by Phoenix Aviation, a Sharjah based carrier, was on a flight to Colombo from Dubai. The aircraft was used by ExpoAir for operation of international cargo flights on charter basis.

It carried out an emergency belly landing at BIA on 4th Wednesday at 2220 hrs after the nose wheels failed to open, damaging 12 runway lights and three taxiway lights. The seven crew members were unhurt.

The crew felt the nose gear had sustained damage and was not usable for landing. Therefore they had decided to carry out the landing without the extended nose gear, after declaring an emergency.

The aircraft has first touched on the grass patch on the right side of the runway - 04 (lagoon-end) between taxiway Echo and Delta and moved forward with the belly touching ground.

During this run, two engines on the left wing of the aircraft and the belly of the aircraft have been seriously damaged. There is no major surface damage to the runway.

They said though the crash landing damaged some runway lights, it did not make the plane catch fire as it came to rest in the middle of the runway in one piece.

 

Date:            09.06.2004      

Type:           MiG-27

     

 

Operator:    Sri Lanka Air Force

Year built:                   

Crew:             1  on board  

Passengers: 

Total:               1

Location:     Katunayaka

Phase:         Take off

Nature:         Training

Flight:          

Remarks:

A Sri Lanka Air Force MiG-27 swing-wing fighter jet crashed into the Negombo lagoon shortly after takeoff from the Katunayaka Air Force base. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant, ejected seconds before the crash.  

The pilot who had sensed engine failure following a crackling noise, had communicated with a MiG-23 pilot who had instructed him to steer the jet to a safe zone and eject, the Commander said. The fighter jet was at an altitude of 1300 meters when the pilot reported the engine vibration. The Ukraine made MiG-27 was added to the Air Force fleet in 2000.

 

Date :        09.06.2004      

Type:           Kafir

     

Operator:    Sri Lanka Air Force

Year built:                   

Crew:             1  on board  

Passengers: 

Total:               1

Location:     Katunayaka

Phase:         Landing

Nature:        

Flight:          

Remarks:

Air force fighter jet crashed into a Negombo lagoon, but the pilot managed to eject safely.