Two Sri Lankan Air Force fighter jets crashed mid air

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:29

Colombo: Two fighter jets of the Sri
Lankan Air Force collided and crashed mid air while rehearsing
for an air show on Tuesday.
The two Israeli built Kfir aircraft were practising
for the air show to be displayed on 60th anniversary
celebrations of Sri Lankan Air Force tomorrow when they
crashed near Warana area in the Western province`s Gampaha
district, officials said.

Casualties from the accident were not immediately
known, they said.
According to witnesses, burning debris from one plane
was strewn across a nearby open patch of land, while the
second jet crashed a few kilometers away.

Kfir jets were widely used by the air force during Sri
Lanka`s war with the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting for
an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils.


First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 15:29

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