Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Two Kafir jets in mid air collision –totally destroyed: one Pilot dead

Two Kafir jets in mid air collision –totally destroyed: one Pilot dead

Two Kafir jets belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force while used for training crashed head on in mid air and were destroyed at about 9.30 morning (01st March).The two destroyed jets have fallen down at  Attanagalla near the Varana Purana Raja Maha Vihara.(30 km east of the Colombo) The two jets have fallen after catching fire about 300 meters apart on the ground.

                                          One Pilot has died while the other pilot who was injured had been admitted to the Wathupitiwala Hospital, reports say.The President Mahinda Rajapakse has visited the scene of the accident where the jets have fallen for an inspection.

The two pilots in these jets which caught fire have escaped using the emergency parachutes, reports say.

In any case, according to the area Hospital sources, they have dispatched ambulance to the scene of the accident.

Based on unofficial information, Air display rehearsals are being held at the Ratmalana Airport camp in view of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Air Force due shortly. These two Kafir jets have been on the way to participate at these rehearsals and displays when this accident occurred.

However, the SL Air Force spokesman Group Captain Andrew Wijesooriya told the media that these were jets which were engaged in training .