Girish Mahajan

1995 Sri Lanka Air Force Avro 748 (CR835) shootdown

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Passengers  42
Survivors  0
Date  28 April 1995
Destination  Ratmalana Airport
Survivor  0
Crew count  3
Fatalities  45
Aircraft type  Avro 748-334 Srs. 2A
Number of deaths  45
Operator  Sri Lanka Air Force
Passenger count  42
1995 Sri Lanka Air Force Avro 748 (CR835) shootdown httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediacommonsthu
Summary  Shot down by LTTE guerillas
Site  0.2 km (0.11 nmi; 0.12 mi) from Jaffna-Palaly AFB (JAF)

Sri Lanka Air Force Avro 748 CR835 was shot down on 28 April 1995 by a SA-7 missile filed by the LTTE. The plane, an Avro 748-334 Srs. 2A airliner, was en route to Ratmalana Airport and was shot down soon after take-off from SLAF Palaly. All 51 crew and passengers were killed.

Following the break down of peace talks and resumption of hostilities in April 1995, the Sri Lanka Air Force maintained its routine flights in and out of Jaffna from SLAF Palaly. As per schedule a SLAF Avro 748, serial no CR835 and regn 4R-HVB, took off from SLAF Palaly on 28 April 1995, crashed into the sea, killing all 51 crew and passengers, which included Wing Commander Roger Weerasinghe, Northern Zonal Commander of the SLAF and four Sri Lanka Army personnel, who had been wounded in a LTTE attack on Kayts Island the previous day.

Soon after take-off in heavy rain, the No.2 engine caught fire, prompting a return to Palaly, but on final approach the right wing failed and the aircraft crashed into the sea.

Initial response of the Sri Lankan military and government was that the crash was due to engine trouble, however, the next day another Avro 748 which was sent with an investigation team was also shot down, prompting SLAF headquarters to state that both Avro 748s were shotdown.

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1995 Sri Lanka Air Force Avro 748 (CR835) shootdown Wikipedia


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