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Plane crash in 2000 due to LTTE attack

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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)

 
 

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-7+71 # Raj 2012-03-26 17:32
the cat is out of the bag
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-8+205 # Labby 2012-03-26 17:32
Did it take them 12 years to know the difference between a missile attack and a technical failure ?
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-5+156 # Karu 2012-03-26 17:35
Another simple evidence that how our people have been treated by lying in the past.
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-6+129 # Malin 2012-03-26 17:35
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.
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-7+81 # koko-jumbo 2012-03-26 17:37
v hv 2 believe this .... story?
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-3+82 # Bucket Harry 2012-03-26 17:55
Yes, some media predicted that time that AN-26 aircraft crash was due to SAM Missile attack by the LTTE.
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-2+94 # Mishra 2012-03-26 17:55
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.
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-1+2 # rajiv 2012-03-28 00:28
When did Saadi Thowfeeq become a defense reporter ? I thought he covers Cricket.
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-24+57 # jacoob 2012-03-26 18:02
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 !!
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-6+52 # kadalya 2012-03-26 18:17
What a joke. Trying to send messages of goodwill to Geneva. Too late, too little and a heap of rubbish.
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-2+57 # RAJU 2012-03-26 18:41
FUNNY NEWS AFTER 12 YEARS. FROM THIS ONE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS FOOLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE AND KEEPING THEM IN THE DARK.
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-7+55 # Imran Hussein 2012-03-26 19:25
In few years time they may even admit that the 'jilmart' done was true.
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-3+60 # Black Mamba 2012-03-26 19:53
A huge meteorite killed the dinosaurs 60 million years ago!!!!!!!
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-4+23 # C.K. Lankaputhra 2012-03-26 20:38
Correct. At that time prestige battle too was going on.
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-1+6 # Raj 2012-03-27 09:34
So why say it now?
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-3+4 # Imran Hussein 2012-03-27 11:28
Prestige is gone for a six, thats why.
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-5+25 # Fusion 2012-03-26 20:44
didn't the plane have any counter-measures?
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-4+7 # Nathan 2012-03-26 21:04
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.
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-5+9 # shan 2012-03-26 21:22
TOOK 12 YEARS TO RECOVER
WHAT A JOKE?
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-5+43 # ravi 2012-03-26 23:30
is prabaharan is dead or kiled tell us after 12 years..
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-3+12 # dava 2012-03-27 07:48
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.
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-0+6 # ajith 2012-03-27 11:34
Lack of forensic Knowledge.
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