2 Kfirs Jets Crashed in Sri Lanka
Two Fighter Kfir jets belongs to Sri Lankan Air Force crashed killing one pilot today (1-03-2011) morning. Fighter Jets were on a fly pass rehearsal for the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Air Force when they collided with each other and crashed in the Gampaha area close to Colombo city. Those two jets had done a great service during the war period. The body of one pilot, Flight Lt. Monath Perera has been found at the crash site. Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera is an Old boy of Mahinda College Galle.
The 2 jets took off from SLAF Base Katunayake at around 9.10 am for fly past rehearsals and crashed at 9.30 am, 6 km off Yakkala near Kirindiwela Road. Preliminary reports indicate a possible collision as a cause for the crash of the two fighter jets which were flying in tight formation at the time of the accident.
The Commander of the Air Force has appointed a Board of Investigation headed by Air Vice Marshal Kapila Jayampathi to look into the causes of the accident.
The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the crash site of the Kfir collision, this morning.
Sri Lankan Air Force has organized an exhibition and a carnival from 2nd to 10th March at its Ratmalana Air Base. The Sri Lankan Air Force has arranged a series of events of Air Shows inclusive of Air Combat Maneuvers and Aerobatic displays by SLAF and International teams. The Air Force sources said that Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakody who jettisoned himself from the ill fated kfir has survived. Flight Lieutenant Monath Perera dies in the crash.
Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakody who was manning the other Kfir received minor scratches and has been transferred to Colombo National Hospital for observation.
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