Sri Lankan Air Force Loses Another Antonov AN-32 Transport Aircraft

The Russian made Antonov AN-32 aircraft slammed into a rubber plantation in the suburb of Athurugiriya, Sri Lanka. One of the apparent reasons was bad weather.

The Sri Lankan Air Force sources said the plane had taken off from the main international airport outside Colombo and headed to a nearby domestic air base when pilots reported poor visibility issue before the plane burst into flames.

SLAF An-32

SLAF AN-32

There were no casualties on the ground, but at least one house lost part of its roof when the aircraft crashed right on that.

Since 1995, the Sri Lankan Air Force has lost four other Antonov AN-32 type aircraft.

During the fights between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, at least 35 aircraft have been lost in action. Another 18 aircraft which were parked at an airbase were lost as result of a rebel ground attack.

Source: Channel News Asia

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