Components of LTTE aircraft found in Pudukuduirippu

Sri Lankan Air Force has found components of LTTE light Aircraft or a Glider in a partially destroyed container at Kareimulliwaikkal area in the former rebel`s stronghold of Pudukuduirippu.

Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 20:57 PM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan Air Force has found
components of LTTE light Aircraft or a Glider in a partially
destroyed container at Kareimulliwaikkal area in the former
rebel`s stronghold of Pudukuduirippu.

A cache of partially damaged arms and ammunitions were
also discovered from Wellamullawaikkal area.

Pilot Officer P S D D Rupasinghe recovered the items
on August 29, based on the information provided by two ex-LTTE
cadres, the Defence Ministry said.

The ex-LTTE cadres had first guided the team to
recover the arms cache in general area Wellamullawaikkal.

Following the discovery, of arms, the ex-LTTE cadres
directed the team towards a location in Kareimulliwaikkal and
recovered burnt out components which are considered those used
on light Air Craft or Gliders, the ministry said.

The items included a couple of engines burnt almost
out of recognition and some other components such as lights,
levers, wheels and pedals, etc.

Attempts to specifically identify of the components
will get underway soon, it said.

The team also recovered satellite phone, satellite
phone antenna receiver unit, satellite phone battery charger
unit, crocodile clips and LTTE bill books from the area, it
said.

It may be recalled that two light aircraft of the
vanquished LTTE attacked Colombo in February last year leaving
at least two people dead and close to 50 injured.

The LTTE air force came into prominence when it struck
the Sri Lankan military air base inside Colombo`s
international airport in March, 2007.

It was estimated that the LTTE during the the last
stages of the war could have been in possession of at least
three Czech-built Zlin ZO 143`s light aircrafts which were
likely acquired between April and July, 2006. These were used
sporadically to attack military bases and other facilities.

PTI