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Chronological Listing of Ceylonese / Sri-Lanka
Losses & Ejections
(work in progress - can you help add any extra details - photos? - if so please contact mbenshar@aol.com)

 

 
Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
1st February 1960
R. Ceylon AF
[RCyAF]
Jet Provost 3   Katunayake, Ceylon Practicing for the Independence Day Fly Past the aircraft experienced a flame out shortly after take-off. Crashed into the Negombo Lagoon. P/O Noel H. Lokuge ejected safely at 350ft at
115 knots landed in the Negombo lagoon
Martin-Baker 4P
12th April 1971
Sri Lanka Air Force
Jet Provost     Flying Accident, crashed Trincomalee Fg Off MDSR Wijetunga
01176
killed
none available  
                 
  20 November 1984: Bell 212 "CH-555" written off under unknown circumstances.
                 
 

1985: Bell 206 shot down during fighting with Tamils near Jaffna.

 

- 11 October 1986: Bell 212 "CH-544" written off under unknown circumstances.

 

3 June 1988: Bell 212 "CH-545" written off under unknown circumstances.
                 
                 
                 
                 
                 
5 May 1990    Bell 212 CH-543   Loss details appreciated      
13th September 1990
Sri Lanka Air Force
SF. 260TP CT-121   Shot down near Palaly by LTTE Flt Lt P Abeweeragunawardana
01519
KIA
 
                 
                 
                 
 

 5 July 1992: Y-8 "CR-872" shot down by LTTE SA-7 near Iyakatchitchy, during landing in Palay, killing all 20 on board.

 

- 14 July 1992: SF.260TP shot down near Palay by LTTE; pilot Sqn.Ldr. Fernando KIA

 

14th July 1992
Sri Lanka Air Force
SF. 260TP     Shot down near Palaly by LTTE Sqn Ldr A. P. W. Fernando
0145
KIA
 
13th October 1993
Sri Lanka Air Force
IA.58A Pucara CA-601   crashed near Jaffna      
28.04.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
Hawker Siddeley HS-748
 
2A Jaffna-Palaly AFB  Believed to have been  hit by a SAM missile fired by LTTE during approach. The engine caught fire and the right wing collapsed. Crashed near the air base 3 crew & 42 fatalities    
     
     
     
     
     
28.04.1995   Avro CR.835       Gp Capt CR Weerasinghe Passenger  
29.04.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
Hawker Siddeley HS-748 2B SCD Jaffna-Palaly AFB Believed to have been  hit by a SAM missile fired by LTTE during approach. 3 crew & 49 fatalities    
     
Gp Capt DS Wickramsinghe    
     
     
   
14th July 1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
IA.58A Pucara     shot down by SA-7 near Palaly Flt.Lt. Pereira
KIA
 
12.09.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
Antonov 32   Colombo Control problems. Crashed into the sea 4km north of Columbo 5 crew & 70 fatalities    
13.09.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
             
18.11.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
Shaanxi Yunshuji Y-8   Jaffna-Palaly AFB claimed shot down by  'LTTE' 5 crew & 6 fatalities    
Wg Cdr SDGL Nanayakkara    
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
                 
   
                 
22.11.1995
Sri Lanka Air Force
Antonov 32   Jaffna-Palaly AFB Crashed into the sea during final approach 6 crew & 56 fatalities    
?? March 1996
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C.2
confirm ?
    Details needed      
 

19 March 1996: Mi-24 "CH-614" shot down by LTTE SA-7 into the Bay of Bengal, near Mullaitivu, killing eight (including

a Russian pilot and flight technician).

 

                 
20.01.1997
Sri Lanka Air Force
Harbin Y-12   Jaffna-Palaly AFB Crashed into the sea on the northeastern coast of Sri Lanka Flight Lieutenant Sudarashan Nanayakkara    
Flying Officer Prasanna Wettasinghe    
Leading Aircraftsman (LAC) Wickremasinghe    
Navy Lieutenant, S. Ranaweera    
                 
   
21st January 1997
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C.7
or C.2
confirm ?
CF-712 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Engine blowout. Crashed into the Negombo Laguna Flt. Lt. S. R. de Mel
ejected safely
  Martin-Baker Mk.10
   
                 
   
21st February 1997
Sri Lanka Air Force
Antonov 32B   Colombo-Ratmalana AFB Over ran runway on take off and crashed intomarshy land 0 crew & 3 fatalities    
   
6th March 1997
Sri Lanka Air Force
Harbin Yunshuji Y-12     Crashed near Vavunativu No casualties    
   
Saturday 15th March 1997


Sri Lanka Air Force

IA-58A Pucara CA-604 1 Flying Training Wing Minneriya air base
Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Hingurakgoda
Plane entered spin after bomb exploded on release near Hatharaskotuwa. Crashed in Kaudala reservoir near the air base Flight Lieutenant Udeni Rajapakse
ejected safely, made a two hour walk and telephoned air base, rescued by helicopter
Martin-Baker
   
                 
                 
14th June 1997
Sri Lanka Air Force
SIAI-Marchetti SF-260TP     Crashed during training flight near Talawa, Anuradhapura ?    
pilot OK Instructor Sqn Ldr CC Ratnapala
01640
KIA
 
                 
   
                 
   
                 
 

25 November 1997: Bell 212 "CH-561" crashed near Puliyankulam during MEDEVAC mission, crew of four killed.

 

   
                 
 

7 January 1998: Mi-17 "CH-594" damaged beyond repair by RPG- and mortar hits while attempting to evacuate 20

injured soldiers; 2 heavy- and 5 slightly injured.

   
                 
   
                 
   
   
   
   
 26 June 1998   Mi-24 CH-620   LTTE claimed the helicopter shot down south of Vavunia.

SLAF sources

credited the loss to technical problems

     
29.09.1998 LionAir Antonov 24RV  Flight 602 Jaffna-Palaly AFB Beieved shot down by LTTE near Mannar 7 crew & 48 fatalities    
   
                 
   
                 
 

28 March 1999: IAI Super Scout UAV, destroyed by rebels after crashing; reportedly the last operational UAV with

SLAF at the time.

 

                 
17 December 1999   Mi-24     shot down near Parantan, crashing into Jaffna Lagoon Four on board killed    
                 
   
18 February 2000   Bell 412    

MEDEVAC sortie Claimed shot down by LTTE over the Thenmaradchi Division of the

Jaffna Peninsula

Two SLAF crewmembers (co-pilot and gunner) were killed, four Army

casualties on board, pilot, and another crewmember were recovered

   
   
30th March 2000
Sri Lanka Air Force
Antonov 26
also seen as An-32

[leased from Ukraine]
  Jaffna-Palaly AFB Engine problems. Crashed near Anuradhapura. Claimed shot down using  MANPAD near Vavunya 4 crew [Ukranians] & 36 fatalities    
   
24 May 2000   Mi-24     Shot down by MANPAD over the part of Jaffna Peninsula held by SLA
Made emergency crash landing
pilot and co-pilot survived and recovered
both gunners killed
   
 

 

   
23rd July 2000
Sri Lanka Air Force
F-7BS trainer CF704 5sq crashed during a routine training exercise - aircraft appeared to go out of control just as it touched down on the runway pilot ejected   JALI
  Are these the same loss - wrongly detailed ?
24th July 2000
Sri Lanka Air Force
FT-5      crashed during training flight      
     
   
15 September 2000   Mi-17     crashed in the eastern region of Sri Lanka all on board killed    
   
19 October 2000   Mi-24       shot down  and crashednear Nagar Covil by AAA (ZSU-23-4 ?)    
   
23rd October 2000   Mi-24     Supporting pursuit of LTTE raiders. shot down by LTTE MANPAD near Trincomale harbour crew of four KIA    
 

 

   
 

Tuesday, 24th July 2001 -

Sri Lanka's  Katunayake airbase and Bandaranaike International Airport

At approximately 3-30 a.m. during Tuesday morning Sri Lanka's  military air base and civilian international airport were infiltrated by Tamil Tigers [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)]. Using explosives, rpg's, shoulder launched anti-tank weapons and small arms they were able to destroy several aircraft and damage a significant number of others that were one the runways or open areas. It appears two may have been damaged within the military hangars at Katunayake airbase.

Eight Tamil Tigers and three air force officers died in the battle at the air base. A further Six Tamil Tigers died at the airport.  12 others who were injured, eight soldiers, three Sri Lankan civilians and a Russian engineer
[some sources indicate that six air force officers died and one soldier killed by friendly fire while two of the 14 Tigers had been suicide bombers, the other losses due to security forces action].
The whole incident was over within five hours. No foreign tourists were reported as injured.

ANY EXTRA DETAILS APPRECIATED - NAMES - SERIALS - ETC.

24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
No passengers/civilians fatalities Included  to clarify the full situation on the morning of the attack  
Airbus A320, 4R-ABA   Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Destroyed by LTTE
24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
Airbus A330 4R-ALE   Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Destroyed by LTTE
No passNo passengers/civilians fatalities Included  to clarify the full situation on the morning of the attack  
24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
Airbus A330 4R-ALF   Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Destroyed by LTTE
No passengers/civilians fatalities Included  to clarify the full situation on the morning of the attack  
24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
Airbus A340-300 4R-ADD  
   Destroyed by an explosive charge. Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Destroyed by LTTE
No passengers/civilians fatalities Included  to clarify the full situation on the morning of the attack  
24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
Airbus A340-300 4R-ADC   Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Damaged by LTTE
No passengers/civilians fatalities    
24th July 2001
Sri Lankan Airlines
Airbus A320-200 4R-ABB   Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka
Damaged by LTTE
No passengers/civilians fatalities    
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     Damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     Damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     Damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     Damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Nanchang K-8 advanced training aircraft     Damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
MiG-27M Flogger
Bahadur (Valiant)
CF732   destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
MiG-27M Flogger
Bahadur (Valiant)
    badly damaged at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Mi-24     destroyed at Katunayake AB Helicopter not occupied - parked at Air Base    
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
 Mi-17 CH-590?   destroyed at Katunayake AB Helicopter not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Mi-17 CH-597?   destroyed at Katunayake AB Helicopter not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Bell 412     destroyed at Katunayake AB Helicopter not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7 CF722 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7 CF723 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
destroyed at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7 CF-721 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Damaged in hangar at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7 CF-725 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Damaged in hangar at Katunayake AB Aircraft not occupied - parked at Air Base No Ejection  
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7   No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Damaged at Katunayake AB needs confirmation to include in losses or remove from list      
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7   No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Damaged at Katunayake AB needs confirmation to include in losses or remove from list      
   
24th July 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C7   No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Damaged at Katunayake AB needs confirmation to include in losses or remove from list      
   
Thursday 16th August 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
CF736     Technical problems. Crashed into a rubber estate about 48 kilometers south of Colombo four-member flight crew was killed    
   
Saturday 18th August 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
Mig-27     crashed into a house beside the main road from Negombo to Colombo, 5 ground casualties Ukrainian training instructor
details unknown
  KM-1
   
27th December 2001
Sri Lanka Air Force
MiG-27M Flogger
Bahadur (Valiant)
CF-736   Crashed
DETAILS ???
     
   
15th August 2002 Sri Lanka Air Force Yunshuji Y-8     Crashed during post maintenance flight into rice fields near Kalutara, 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Colombo 5 crew    
   
22nd October 2002
08:55

Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C-7 or C-2 CF719 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
On a training exercise exploded about 1400 ft. above Nakkawatte, Narammala Crashed into a private garden in Kuliyapitiya Flight Lieutenant Sudil Gamage
ejected landed in coconut tree
injured
  Martin-Baker Mk.10
An earlier entry on this page stated that Flight Lieutenant Sudil Gamage had been killed. This is incorrect. He sustained minor injuries and later transferred to transport aircraft division and was flying again
   
14th June 2003 Sri Lanka Air Force Antonov 32   Colombo Ratmalana veered off the runway during landing and crashed at Kankasanturai      
   
6th [9th] June 2004
Sri Lanka Air Force
MiG-27M Flogger
Bahadur (Valiant)
CF 734 No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Engine problems shortly after take off. Crashed into the Negombo lagoon Flight Lieutenant Poojana Goonatilake ejected at 1300 metres KM-1
   
Tuesday 5th September 2006
morning

Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir TC-2   No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
Engine failure. On a special mission in the North. Third of four jets taking off left runway and slid on grass runway edge pilot ejected landing on the ground by parachute without injuries   Martin-Baker Mk.10
co-pilot ejected landing on the ground by parachute without injuries   Martin-Baker Mk.10
   
Monday 16th October 2006
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C-7 or C-2

???

  No. 10 Fighter Squadron
Katunayaka Air Force base
"encountered a technical problem" Crashed shortly after take-off into the Negombo lagoon while probably on a retaliatory air strike against the Tamil Tigers thought responsible for suicide truck bombers who attacked Sri Lanka Navy buses     Martin-Baker Mk.10
pilot ejected to safety and was rescued by helicopters    
One Sri Lankan source gives the following

The pilot and co-pilot who immediately ejected themselves from the fast moving jet later landed on the ground by parachute without injuries. The jet had ploughed into the meadow and stopped.

Another states
The pilot ejected himself from the Kfir before it came down, according to Sri Lankan military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe.

   
Thursday 1st March 2007
12.15 pm (0645 GMT)

Sri Lanka Air Force
crashed north central district of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka shortly after take off     No ejection seats fitted o this type of aircraft
PT-6 trainer     Instructor killed student killed
Actually its a type CJ6 made by Nanchang Aircraft Corp in China(licensed copy of the Yak-18). It was redesignated as a PT6 by the SLAF (PT = Primary Trainer). They are all flown by the No.1 Flying Training Squadron based at Anuradhapura.

 

   
Monday 30th April 2007
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir   Katunayake Air Force Claimed shot down by LTTE near Ira'naimadu in Vannai      
Monday 30th April 2007
Sri Lanka Air Force
MiG-27M Flogger     Claimed shot down by LTTE when it approached the TAF airfield in Ira'naimadu in Vannai      
   
Sunday 8th July 2007
Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir   Katunayake airbase Damaged by blast when a bomb exploded while being loaded. 4 airmen wounded    
Sunday 8th July 2007
Sri Lanka Air Force
    Katunayake airbase Damaged by blast when a bomb exploded while being loaded to a nearby aircraft      
   
Thursday 12th July 2007
3:30 p.m

Sri Lanka Air Force
Kfir C-7 or C-2     CLAIM
Badly damaged by Tiger Tigers anti-aircraft cannon fire over Vavuniyaa Forward Defence Line. Crash landed in northern Vavuniyaa
DETAILS / CONFIRMATION APPRECIATED   Martin-Baker Mk.10

Sri Lankan Forces and those of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam [LTTE],  who have been fighting for a separate homeland since 1976, have been engaged in a major escalation of the conflict with ground and aerial forces in Sri Lanka.
The following information is from both Sri Lankan and Tamil sources and as yet has to be verified. Any additional information is welcomed to help create and accurate record of events

   
Friday 20th February 2009
10:20

LTTE
[Tamil Tigers]
Zlin Z-143 ??   Sky Tigers During suicide bombing raid on Columbo hit by the anti-aircraft gun fire before it flew into the 13th floor of the Inland Revenue building
Ground fatalities and casualties
Pilot killed    
Friday 20th February 2009
LTTE
[Tamil Tigers]
Zlin Z-143 ??   Sky Tigers Shot down during raid on Columbo  by the Air Force. Crashed into a paddy field close to the Air Force Base, Katunayake Pilot killed    
   
Wednesday 21st January 2009
11:25

Sri Lanka Air Force
MIG fighter jet     Claims that a A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) fighter was shot down in Mullaiththeevu  in Vanni.

Denied by SLAF Spokesperson

DETAILS / CONFIRMATION APPRECIATED    
Aircraft type and status unverified. - Confusing information states that three crew were lost -
   
Friday 27th February 2009
11:25

Sri Lanka Air Force
??     Claims that a A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bomber was shot down in Mullaiththeevu  in Vanni.

Denied by SLAF Spokesperson

DETAILS / CONFIRMATION APPRECIATED    
   
Tuesday 1st March 2011
09:30

SLAF
IAI Kfir C2 CF-???
No. 10 Fighter Squadron
SLAFB Katunayake
Mid air collision  over Warana area in the western provincial Gampaha district during practice rehearsal for the 60th anniversary of the air force being marked on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 at the Ratmalana air base. Crashed  6 km off Yakkala near Kirindiwela Road. Yakkala, which is 25 km from Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. Flight Lt Mohan Erash Perera
ejected
parachute did not deploy correctly.
Found dead
Martin-Baker
Tuesday 1st March 2011
09:30


SLAF
IAI Kfir C2 CF-???  
No. 10 Fighter Squadron
SLAFB Katunayake
Squadron Leader Vajira Jayakody
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
                 
   

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & SOURCES

Sri Lanka MOD website
P. V. S. Jagan Mohan - (Warbirds of India)
Dave Allport - (Air Forces Monthly)
Michel Vandervoort - (editor Stoffer & Blik Dutch Aviation Society www.scramble.nl
Tom Cooper - (ACIG)
Sri Lanka and Tamil Media
Asian Press and Media Reports
Internet sources (to be added)