February 16, 2012

Sri Lanka Air Force MIG-27 crashes - Pilot unhurt

Feb 13, Colombo: A MIG-27 fighter jet of Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has crashed today while on a training mission, the SLAF reported.

The fighter jet belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force No. 12 Jet Squadron at Katunayake crashed in an area called Dummalasooriya, 17 nautical miles away from Katunayake.The pilot Flight Lieutenant Tharidu Herath has executed a controlled ejection to safety. There was no life or property damage has been reported on the ground, the Air Force said.

 The Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama has appointed a board to investigate the incident further.

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