A MiG 27 fighter jet belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force had reportedly crashed into the Hevana area belonging to the Dummalasooriya police area in the Puttlam district a short while ago.
The Russian built jet was on a routine training mission after departing from the Katunayake Air Force Base.
Air Force spokesman Group Captain Andy Wijesuriya said that the pilot managed to escape without sustaining any injuries.
The reason for the crash is yet to be established but it is widely believed that a technical failure in the aging jet had led to the incident.
The MiG 27 was used by the SLAF during the war, primarily for the ground attack and close air support role. These jets come under the No.12 Squadron of the SLAF. (Supun Dias)
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The ill-fated MiG 27
scrap_metal Monday, 13 February 2012 08:47
sub-standard jet fuel.. :)
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Dismanirie Monday, 13 February 2012 09:15
Hope the crew ejected safely.
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dPora Monday, 13 February 2012 10:06
Who rate this comment negative.. I(we) know who they are
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kumaraya Monday, 13 February 2012 20:52
Read the article properly. The scrappy info appears to be "aging aircraft". Nothing to do with fuel or crew. We can purchase a squadron of the latest F -18 Bs as well as a few FB 1s. We surely need these as the LTTE is still active.
sudath Monday, 13 February 2012 09:15
end of fuel
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Randy Monday, 13 February 2012 09:16
Out of fuel because couldn't bear the fuel increase. what a pitty
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Asith Monday, 13 February 2012 09:32
Nice news to suppress oil price hikes & bus strikes...
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lankaputha Monday, 13 February 2012 09:47
Mala jhon, that was the only available transport today.
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Thaha Muzammil Monday, 13 February 2012 09:54
Hit by the hiking price fuel...?
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Jude Monday, 13 February 2012 10:01
whata pitty....bye mig 27...
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Weha Monday, 13 February 2012 10:08
They don't have the shame of using the term 'aging'.
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Alex Monday, 13 February 2012 10:12
Good move to divert people away from fuel price hike, but need some more
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citizen1 Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:50
Maybe like a hunger strike protest by one of the ministers?..just a thought.
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Hk Monday, 13 February 2012 10:13
No war no power no fuel what's the need of trials on air !!
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mervyn perera Monday, 13 February 2012 10:15
the jet must have run short of jet fuel due to the present fuel crisis. What is the price of one of these jet. Will we have to pay for this by way of Tax.
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Her Bee Monday, 13 February 2012 19:43
Luckly the LTTE isn't there any more. Otherwise the diabolic Diaspora would claim another feather on their discoloured caps claiming the LTTE accuratly shot down the SL Mig 27 Plane.
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Amal Dias Monday, 13 February 2012 19:51
Pathetic comments . Looks like a bunch of kids reading this paper...
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Guru Monday, 13 February 2012 20:19
There should be more of this.
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roshan Monday, 13 February 2012 21:17
Must have crashed with the skyrocketing fuel price
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tomsamusa Monday, 13 February 2012 22:26
Very Bad omen for pakse gang,especially before UNHRC meeting.
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rehan Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:38
DONT WORRY WILL GET ANOTHER ONE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON...........wE HAVE LOTS OF RESERVES AT CB
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anura Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:41
What is going on with these frequent crashes? Don't they conduct these training under the supervision of well trained instructors?? How can the country bear all these financial losses?
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m.n.. segmadar Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:58
It's all right, people can stand many more loses.
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Desapriya Tuesday, 14 February 2012 06:17
The MIG 27 did it's national service very well although
it's more than 25 years old, and bought for unrealistic prices for an old aircraft. Whatever the corruption occurred,
"worth the job done" and should have been an exhibit without endangering the lives of young pilots in training.
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