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Four Air Force Officers were killed and another hospitalised after a Russian made Antanov-32 (fixed wing) aircraft of Sri Lanka Air Force crashed into a rubber estate in Hokandara at around 6.30 am today, police said.


Injured air force official, LAC Chaturanga GKN, was admitted to the National Hospital for treatment. Captain of the aircraft Squadron Leader JMWN Abeywardena, Co-Pilot Flight Lieutenant AADT Amaratunge and Flight Sergeant Priyantha MWL and Corporal Wijeratne WWAN were killed in the crash.

Sri Lanka Air Force said that they have lost contcat with the Antanov-32  while flying from Katunayake to Ratmalana. An air force spokesman said that the pilot of the air craft had in his last message informed the air traffic controller that he was unable to see the runway due to the poor visibility.
Civil Aviation Authority says poor visibility might have been the factor in the plane crash.
One survivor was admitted to the General Hospital-Colombo with severe burn injuries.

Pix by Siri Mahabellana

  Comments - 17

  • Gihan Vitharana Friday, 12 December 2014 08:10 AM

    My blessings to all the air force people who were on board and I pray for their safety

    mohan Friday, 12 December 2014 08:11 AM

    Yes its was very foggy and crashed just behind My home

    Milangi Friday, 12 December 2014 08:18 AM

    happy about your service

    Roshan Friday, 12 December 2014 02:33 PM

    I saw the same at about 6.15 above Ambathale, It was making kichi kichi noice and with bad turbulence.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 12 December 2014 08:23 AM

    Deepest sympathies for the families of the dead.

    Yuri Friday, 12 December 2014 02:37 PM

    God start working on Crime (WAR )i guess

    ibadun Friday, 12 December 2014 08:23 AM

    RIP,"Civil Aviation Authority says poor visibility may have been the factor in the plane crash"Are they flying looking at out side by side mirror like bus?

    Chikka Friday, 12 December 2014 02:39 PM

    Katunayake to Rathmalana, how come he fly above Athurugiriya.. for sure wal tour.

    Anonymous Friday, 12 December 2014 08:26 AM

    I can say that there is no way a plane could crash land because of the fog. Flying through clouds could be just similar to travel within the fog. There should be another reason that the aircraft lost contact...

    SASHIKA Friday, 12 December 2014 02:51 PM


    Dean Friday, 12 December 2014 08:42 AM

    This is the stupidest thing i heard here. We can barely drive a car on a foggy mountain road. How the hell do you expect a pilot to land an airplane without seeing the damn airstrip ?

    damithw Friday, 12 December 2014 12:45 PM

    We are living in a world where , "drive-by-wire", Auto-Piloting" , ad kind of rocket science. But we cannot land on a foggy day...very sad ....

    sikuwi Friday, 12 December 2014 01:14 PM

    may be this flan flying at low level over Gampaha today morning. I heard the abnormal sound at about 6.15

    Dilshan Friday, 12 December 2014 01:27 PM

    Foreign conspiracy?? Bad omen to MR

    sujeevan from athurugiriya Friday, 12 December 2014 07:38 AM

    today being a very foggy morning and usually these planes fly low ...the crashed location is one of the highest levels in this location.

    sujeevan from athurugiriya Friday, 12 December 2014 07:47 AM

    today being a very foggy morning and usually these planes fly low ...the crashed location is one of the highest levels in this location.

    Ahmed Friday, 12 December 2014 06:42 PM

    It says they have lost contact with the control center :P obviously they have to rely on sight

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