Plane crash in 2000 due to LTTE attack

2012-03-26 11:25:35

The police said that the AN-26 aircraft crash, which killed 40 security forces personnel in 2000 in Wilpattu, was due to an LTTE missile attack, although it was initially attributed to a technical failure.
They said that the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) is to re-open the case of the crash after two suspects arrested by the TID had confessed to shooting down the plane which caused the crash.
The two suspects are to be produced in the Anuradhapura court soon.
The aircraft was chartered by the Air Force to transport troops including soldiers wounded in the fighting. The aircraft crashed within ten minutes of take off after  the crew reported engine trouble while flying from Palaly to Anuradhapura.
The suspects had admitted to firing the missile using a shoulder mounted ‘manpad’ from a hideout inside the Wilpattu National Park. 
Among those killed were four crew members and 36 security forces personnel. The plane crashed into the Weerawewa area in Anuradhapura. 
Police said the two suspects were arrested two weeks ago in Kilinochchi. The capsule from the manpad launcher was recovered by the Army during the last stages of the war. 
The two spent capsules of the missiles were found with the markings 2000/03/30 and AN26 written on them.  (Supun Dias)

  Comments - 22

  • Raj Monday, 26 March 2012 12:02

    the cat is out of the bag

    Reply : 7       71

    Labby Monday, 26 March 2012 12:02

    Did it take them 12 years to know the difference between a missile attack and a technical failure ?

    Reply : 8       205

    Karu Monday, 26 March 2012 12:05

    Another simple evidence that how our people have been treated by lying in the past.

    Reply : 5       156

    Malin Monday, 26 March 2012 12:05

    It took the GoSL and the police 12 years to tell the world that attack was by LTTE and not a technical error. No wonder we are loosing our propoganda at every end and very late.

    Reply : 6       129

    koko-jumbo Monday, 26 March 2012 12:07

    v hv 2 believe this .... story?

    Reply : 7       81

    Bucket Harry Monday, 26 March 2012 12:25

    Yes, some media predicted that time that AN-26 aircraft crash was due to SAM Missile attack by the LTTE.

    Reply : 3       82

    Mishra Monday, 26 March 2012 12:25

    If I recalled correctly, Saadi Thowfeeq told us the same thing in his deference column (ST) 12 years ago. What we have done, is chase him away for telling the truth.

    Reply : 2       94

    rajiv Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:58

    When did Saadi Thowfeeq become a defense reporter ? I thought he covers Cricket.

    Reply : 1       2

    jacoob Monday, 26 March 2012 12:32

    why now come up with a 2000 story .. will not surprise to see a 1983 pre july riots story of similar nature.. something has definitly gone wrong in sl. Come on boys , it is just a resolution .. not binding also.. drink, eat and make merry !!

    Reply : 24       57

    kadalya Monday, 26 March 2012 12:47

    What a joke. Trying to send messages of goodwill to Geneva. Too late, too little and a heap of rubbish.

    Reply : 6       52

    RAJU Monday, 26 March 2012 13:11


    Reply : 2       57

    Imran Hussein Monday, 26 March 2012 13:55

    In few years time they may even admit that the 'jilmart' done was true.

    Reply : 7       55

    Black Mamba Monday, 26 March 2012 14:23

    A huge meteorite killed the dinosaurs 60 million years ago!!!!!!!

    Reply : 3       60

    C.K. Lankaputhra Monday, 26 March 2012 15:08

    Correct. At that time prestige battle too was going on.

    Reply : 4       23

    Raj Tuesday, 27 March 2012 04:04

    So why say it now?

    Reply : 1       6

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:58

    Prestige is gone for a six, thats why.

    3       4

    Fusion Monday, 26 March 2012 15:14

    didn't the plane have any counter-measures?

    Reply : 5       25

    Nathan Monday, 26 March 2012 15:34

    It is understandable that any country would not expose enemy gains in a war. Any intelligent person should understand that. For an example, some American Losses of Korean and Vietnam Wars are still secrets.

    Reply : 4       7

    shan Monday, 26 March 2012 15:52


    Reply : 5       9

    ravi Monday, 26 March 2012 18:00

    is prabaharan is dead or kiled tell us after 12 years..

    Reply : 5       43

    dava Tuesday, 27 March 2012 02:18

    The truth seem to come out (or the investigation took 12 years) until the UN resolution was passed. All the truth to follow can be expected in the coming days, weeks and months.

    Reply : 3       12

    ajith Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:04

    Lack of forensic Knowledge.

    Reply : 0       6

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