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The owner, of the identity card found during salvage operations of the Antonov 24 wreckage, is reported to be living in Jaffna.

She has been identified as Gunamani Balasubramaniam and is a resident of the Meeraweli village in Jaffna.

When asked how she could have survived the disaster she said, “I applied for the identity card in 1995 when LTTE activities the area were at its height. Because of the heavy fighting we left Jaffna and came to live in Vavuniya. My sister informed us that the identity card had been sent to the Jaffna address,”
Ms. Balasubramaniam said it was impossible to travel from Jaffna to Vavuniya and therefore her sister had given the card to a person who had booked her seat on what turned out to be the ill-fated Antonov 24 flight to Colombo.

Ten minutes into the flight from Palaly on September 29, 1998, the Lion Air Antonov 24 was shot down by the LTTE when it was flying over the Iranativu Island.

Ms. Balasubramaniam said she applied for a new identity card when she had returned to Jaffna in 2002 but that too had been lost when she visited India in 2012.

She said she was astonished when told that her first identity card was found among the wreckage. (Romesh Madushanka)

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  • Pxx Friday, 17 May 2013 02:46 AM

    Looks like someone fail to do what he has targeted.

    raj Friday, 17 May 2013 02:50 AM

    The ID's intact even after 15 years?

    its me Friday, 17 May 2013 03:22 AM

    wow that's good news. at least we have quality ID Cards

    Arjuna Friday, 17 May 2013 03:36 AM

    I think you want to say there was no Lion Air and nothing happened?????

    Dee Friday, 17 May 2013 03:53 AM

    Plastic does take a very long time to deteriorate. unless a shark chews it up! duh!

    NPJ Friday, 17 May 2013 11:20 AM

    I am happy for her.

    raj Friday, 17 May 2013 03:59 AM

    What I am saying how did the ID survive in water for 15 years? don't make wrong assumptions

    Joseph Friday, 17 May 2013 04:17 AM

    There is something fishy.

    Siri Friday, 17 May 2013 05:18 AM

    Plastic may last from 15 years to 400 years depending on the thickness

    channa Friday, 17 May 2013 08:56 AM

    some thing fishy or wants to white wash the LTTE ?

    Grace Friday, 17 May 2013 09:31 AM

    The ID carries a message - Plastic will not break down in water for years.


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